A swing is a hanging seat,
usually found in a playground for children, a circus for acrobats,
or on a porch for relaxing. The seat of a swing can be attached to
a chain or a rope. Once a swing is in motion it continues to
oscillate like a pendulum until drag (or interference) brings it
to a halt.
On playgrounds, several swings
are often suspended from the same metal or wooden frame, known as
a swing set, allowing more than one child to play at a
time. Such swings come in a variety of sizes and shapes. For
infants and toddlers, swings with leg holes support the child in
an upright position while a parent or sibling pushes the child to
get a swinging motion. Some swing sets include play items other
than swings - such as a rope ladder or sliding pole.
For older children, swings are
sometimes made of a flexible canvas seat, of rubberized ventilated
tire tread, of plastic, or of wood. A common backyard sight is of
a wooden plank suspended on both sides by ropes from a tree
branch. Older children can go much higher, sometimes over 15 feet
above the ground.
are a form of swing made from a whole tire reinforced with a
circular metal bar. Increasingly rare, these types of swings can
hold up to 3 children (or more) and are held up by thick wooden
beams. Pumping is achieved by using one or two of the three chains
attached to the swing, and two (or more) children can pump in
turn. Tire swings can also be used in spinners, where the
occupant uses their feet to propel the tire. Very dangerous stunts
can be performed on tire swings, and because of this, most have
been removed from schools and parks.
Natural swings may be created by
lianas (creeper plant) in a subtropical wild forest like
Aokigahara forest near Mount Fuji.