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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Sway-backed Having the back hollow or sagged, whether naturally or as the result of injury or weakness; -- said of horses and other animals.
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In literature:

It would begin by swaying back and forth until it too was waltzing in an unearthly fashion around the camp-fire.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The match, well balanced, hotly contested, swayed back and forth.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The throng swayed back and forth.
"Left Guard Gilbert" by Ralph Henry Barbour
This great country sways back and forth between them, very much puzzled.
"Peking Dust" by Ellen N. La Motte
But she made no sound, and turned very white as she swayed a little, trying to throw herself back.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
Warren had been swaying back and forth gently in the darkness.
"Rainbow Hill" by Josephine Lawrence
As he swayed back there was a sharp snap, and the starboard oar broke squarely, just above the blade.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Then she screamed, for she saw Monsieur de Savignac sway heavily, and sink back in his seat, his chin on his chest, his eyes closed.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
She read the words several times, standing beside the bench and swaying back and forth, a sudden weakness gripping her.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
On the other side he saw a huge wrinkled grey lump slowly sway to one side and then slowly sway back to the other.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
She pushed back her chair and went into the living-room, swaying a little as she walked.
"'Me-Smith'" by Caroline Lockhart
The spirit stops just beyond my reach, sways back and forth like a creature in grief.
"The World I Live In" by Helen Keller
By an herculean effort he swayed them back with him into the middle of the room.
"Fantômas" by Pierre Souvestre
His head was thrown back, looking upward, and he swayed.
"The Scarlet Feather" by Houghton Townley
It swayed this way and that, darted here and there, and fell back with a splash.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
Arrkroo swayed back to gain force for a smashing blow.
"In the Musgrave Ranges" by Jim Bushman
Carmen sank into a great, upholstered rocking chair and tried to grasp it all as she swayed dreamily back and forth.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Knowlton grunted suddenly, swayed back, toppled, fell down the parapet.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Cathbarr grunted, his head rocked back, and he swayed on his feet.
"Nuala O'Malley" by H. Bedford-Jones
On retiring to bed, with her wounded heart, she wished to analyse the emotion which swayed her, and to trace it back to the cause.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés

In poetry:

O, failing one whose faith unfixed
With every movement sways,
Look back, and in thy spirit kneel
With Cameron as he prays.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
"Back to the palace, ere the sun grew high,
We went, and in a cool green room all day
I gazed upon the arras giddily,
Where the wind set the silken kings a-sway.
"King Arthur's Tomb" by William Morris
Splendours anew and arabesques and tints on his swaying loom,
Soft as the eyes of April, and black as the brows of doom,
And the fires give back in blue-eyed flowers the woodland
they consume;
"As In The Woodland I Walk" by Richard Le Gallienne
Yes! sweet it were, with you for guide,
To float across that dimpling tide,
And, on its farther shore,
To prove if Venus still holds sway,
And, wandering with you round the bay,
Tempt back one's youth once more.
"At Shelley’s House At Lerici" by Alfred Austin
With noise of leafy singing
And white wands swinging,
They marched away amid the grass that swayed to let them through.
Between the yellow tansies
Their eyes, like purple pansies,
Peered back on me before they passed all trackless in the dew.
"Fairy-Led" by Mary Webb
Give back!--who shall explore
Creation's boundless realms to mark thy prey?
Who mount where man has never thought to sway,
Or science dared to soar?
Oh! who shall tell what suns have set for aye,
What worlds gone out, what systems passed away?
"The Dying Year" by Mary Gardiner Horsford

In news:

They're 11-month-old twin girls, and as soon as the guitar starts, they look at each other and start swaying back-and-forth in unison.
Now back on the campaign trail, the GOP presidential candidate is in battleground state of Colorado on Thursday, trying to sway independent voters in Denver suburbs.
The music sounded fine but fans were only able to to see the musicians' silhouettes sway back and forth -- it got old.
Presidential race is going down to the wire and with Barack Obama and Mitt Romney looking to sway those undecided voters, the US president has secured the backing of an unlikely supporter.
But the poor turtle was swaying back and forth until it was cut down.
The rebels' truck rounded the corner at breakneck speed and skidded onto wrong side of a pitted bush road, with several dozen fighters swaying on the back.
Including China, Russia, Gulf Arab states and others -- favors UN backing for stronger sway by governments over all levels of Internet affairs.
Dig around on YouTube and you can find many videos of Sweet Micky, the Haitian carnival singing star, wearing a pink baseball cap back to front, a yellow T-shirt or nothing but a pair of boxers, crooning, swaying, grimacing, acting the goat.
Luckily his ski boots were there to help hold him up because Dad sure wasn't going to take a hand off the camera to keep him from taking a header as he swayed back and forth.
Dole Can't Sway GOP to Back Treaty.
In the dim lighting of downtown Miami's Transit Lounge, sushi chef Ed Deposoy's ponytail sways back and forth as he sings Rod Stewart's "You're in my Heart".