swaying

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sway \Sway\ (sw[=a]), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Swayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swaying}.] [OE. sweyen, Icel. sveigja, akin to E. swing; cf. D. zwaaijen to wield, swing. See {Swing}, and cf. {Swag}, verb (used without an object)]

1. To move or wield with the hand; to swing; to wield; as, to sway the scepter.

As sparkles from the anvil rise, When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed. --Spenser.

2. To influence or direct by power and authority; by persuasion, or by moral force; to rule; to govern; to guide.

The will of man is by his reason swayed. --Shak.

She could not sway her house. --Shak.

This was the race To sway the world, and land and sea subdue. --Dryden.

3. To cause to incline or swing to one side, or backward and forward; to bias; to turn; to bend; warp; as, reeds swayed by wind; judgment swayed by passion.

As bowls run true by being made On purpose false, and to be swayed. --Hudibras.

Let not temporal and little advantages sway you against a more durable interest. --Tillotson.

4. (Naut.) To hoist; as, to sway up the yards.

Syn: To bias; rule; govern; direct; influence; swing; move; wave; wield.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swaying \Sway"ing\, noun An injury caused by violent strains or by overloading; -- said of the backs of horses. --Crabb.

1. Caduceus  2. Golden Key  3. Scales of Justice (Or maybe, 1. HEALTH 2. SECURITY 3. JUSTICE?)

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