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swivel

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noun swiv·el \ˈswi-vəl\

Simple Definition of swivel

  • : 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

  1. :  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

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Rhymes with swivel


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swivel

verb swiv·el

Simple Definition of swivel

  • : to turn around

Full Definition of swivel

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

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to turn on or as if on a swivel <swiveled his eyes in various directions>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  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.



1775

First Known Use of swivel

1775



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