noun, swiv·el often attributive \ˈswi-vəl\

: a device that joins two parts so that one of the parts can turn or spin while the other part does not move

Full Definition of SWIVEL

:  a device joining two parts so that one or both can pivot freely (as on a bolt or pin)

Examples of SWIVEL

  1. The gun was mounted on a swivel.

Origin of SWIVEL

Middle English; akin to Old English swīfan to revolve, Old High German swebōn to roll, heave
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

Rhymes with SWIVEL



: to turn around

swiveled or swivelledswivel·ing or swivel·ling \ˈswi-və-liŋ, ˈswiv-liŋ\

Full Definition of SWIVEL

transitive verb
:  to turn on or as if on a swivel <swiveled his eyes in various directions>
intransitive verb
:  to swing or turn on or as if on a swivel

Examples of SWIVEL

  1. She swiveled in her seat to check the time.
  2. She swiveled the chair around to face us.

First Known Use of SWIVEL


Rhymes with SWIVEL


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