having abnormal sagging of the spine (especially in horses) (Freq. 1)
Syn: ↑dipped, ↑lordotic, ↑swayback
Similar to: ↑unfit
Derivationally related forms: ↑lordosis (for: ↑lordotic)

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adjective also swayback \\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\
1. : having or afflicted with swayback — opposed to camelback
a. : having or being a part with a concave center

two cabins end to end … with a swaybacked roof over both — Emmett Gowen

b. : characterized by unevenness of quality, direction, or intention

his performance follows a curiously swaybacked course — John Mason Brown

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/sway"bakt'/, adj. Vet. Pathol.
having the back sagged to an unusual degree; having a sway-back.
Also, swayback.
[1670-80; SWAY + BACKED]

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swayˈbacked adjective
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Main Entry:sway

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