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1swivel

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)
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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

2swivel

verb

: 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

1775

Rhymes with SWIVEL

SWIVELLING Defined for Kids

1swivel

noun swiv·el \ˈswi-vəl\

Definition of SWIVEL for Kids

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

2swivel

verb
swiv·eled or swiv·elledswiv·el·ing or swiv·el·ling

Definition of SWIVEL for Kids

:  to turn on or as if on a swivel <He swiveled around to see who was behind him.>

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