swing

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[ swing ]
/ swɪŋ /

noun

Also called Big Band music, swing music. a style of jazz, popular especially in the 1930s and often arranged for a large dance band, marked by a smoother beat and more flowing phrasing than Dixieland and having less complex harmonies and rhythms than modern jazz.
the rhythmic element that excites dancers and listeners to move in time to jazz music.

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of swing: a swing record.

verb (used with object), swung, swing·ing.

to play (music) in the style of swing.

Origin of swing

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special use of swing1
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British Dictionary definitions for swing-music

swing
/ (swɪŋ) /

verb swings, swinging or swung

noun

Word Origin for swing

Old English swingan; related to Old Frisian swinga, Old High German swingan
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Culture definitions for swing-music

swing

A kind of jazz generally played by a “Big Band” and characterized by a lively rhythm suitable for dancing. The bands of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller played swing.

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Idioms and Phrases with swing-music

swing

In addition to the idiom beginning with swing

  • swing into action

also see:

  • get into the swing of things
  • in full swing
  • not enough room to swing a car
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