swivel

noun, often attributive
swiv·​el | \ ˈswi-vəl How to pronounce swivel (audio) \

Definition of swivel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

swivel

verb
swiveled or swivelled; swiveling or swivelling\ ˈswi-​və-​liŋ How to pronounce swivelling (audio) , ˈswiv-​liŋ \

Definition of swivel (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of swivel in a Sentence

Noun The gun was mounted on a swivel. Verb She swiveled in her seat to check the time. She swiveled the chair around to face us.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The ShortTrac’s fore-end removes by unscrewing the front sling swivel and reveals the gas system, shown here in all its glory. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The four basic types of rifles: Bolt, Lever, Pump and Semi Auto," 7 Jan. 2020 Cameras perch over sidewalks, hover across busy intersections and swivel above shopping districts. Charlie Campbell, Time, "'The Entire System Is Designed to Suppress Us.' What the Chinese Surveillance State Means for the Rest of the World," 21 Nov. 2019 Snap swivels on the ends secure small jigs 1/8 to ¼ ounce with soft plastic swimmer shad tails. Frank Sargeant, al, "Digging deeper into the rise and fall of the Alabama Rig," 29 Sep. 2019 The chairs swivel to face the eating area, offering dual functionality in this open floor plan. Boston.com Real Estate, "Room to Love: In silver, a podium-worthy living room design," 13 Nov. 2019 Overhead, the entire hemisphere of the roof swivels. Alex Schechter, National Geographic, "Why Prague is the best place for astronomy buffs," 4 Nov. 2019 Steffen kept his head on a swivel most of the night as Mayfield, ranked ninth in the cleveland.com Top 25, wrapped up the Western Reserve Conference for itself and clinched a first-round home game in next week’s OHSAA Division II playoffs. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 9 Mayfield tops No. 10 Kenston, 24-21, for WRC crown and first undefeated regular season in 35 years," 2 Nov. 2019 Starting for the first time in five games since suffering an ankle injury in the season opener, Washington kept the Cowboys defenders’ heads on a swivel — a number of times nimbly reversing field. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Washington looks like old self in halting his ground scoring drought," 12 Oct. 2019 The Smeg rose gold kettle has a 360° swivel base, auto-shutoff when water reaches boil—or when the kettle is lifted from the base—a soft-opening lid, and easy-to-read water level indicators. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Smeg’s New Limited-Edition Kitchen Appliances Are a Rose Gold Dream," 8 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The atmosphere reached fever pitch in the second half as Lamela marked his 200th Tottenham appearance with a goal, swiveling inside the area and drilling a shot past Milan Borjan. Matias Grez, CNN, "Five-star Tottenham lifts the gloom in north London with hammering of Red Star," 22 Oct. 2019 Tom Brady’s 23-yard pass ultimately arrived at his back shoulder, sending Meyers swiveling suddenly to catch it, shaking his defender in the process and diving to the ground at the Giants’ 2-yard line. BostonGlobe.com, "Patriots rookie Jakobi Meyers wants to be more than a one-hit wonder - The Boston Globe," 13 Oct. 2019 Here, Miss Wiggles is still swiveling, Mays’ guitar is still wailing and the applause never stops. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Legendary blues guitarist Curley Mays thrilled crowds in San Antonio and hot spots across the country," 16 Dec. 2019 In January, the Federal Reserve swiveled away from its 2018 policy of raising rates, toward its eventual decision to chop them three times in 2019. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "Big Tech Is Under Attack, and Investors Couldn’t Care Less," 10 Dec. 2019 Wonderland Wonderland, the Riverwest Art Bar sibling that opened in October, has an up-to-date diner aesthetic — a little bit retro, a little bit modern, in a visually rich dining room that could keep your head swiveling until your order arrives. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New brunches join Milwaukee's crowded field; here's a look," 26 Nov. 2019 Or the seats can swivel away from each other to take a business call during a more private retreat. Andrew Poliak For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Swiveling seats and sound 'bubbles': What the inside of cars will soon be like," 22 Nov. 2019 The midfielder swivelled in the box, after some neat set-up play from Mohamed Salah, and struck low and hard into the bottom corner on his weaker left side, scoring his third Champions League goal of the season. SI.com, "Liverpool 2-1 Genk: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Reds Edge Narrow Victory," 5 Nov. 2019 The striker chested the ball down and swivelled to connect with a beautiful volley which looped over the head of Rob Green and into the back of the net. SI.com, "Ranking 15 of Man Utd's Greatest Premier League Goals After Scott McTominay Bags 2,000th Strike," 27 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of swivel

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1775, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for swivel

Noun

Middle English; akin to Old English swīfan to revolve, Old High German swebōn to roll, heave

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The first known use of swivel was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Swivel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swivel. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for swivel

swivel

noun
How to pronounce swivel (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of swivel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

swivel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swivel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to turn around

swivel

noun
swiv·​el | \ ˈswi-vəl How to pronounce swivel (audio) \

Kids Definition of swivel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

swivel

verb
swiveled or swivelled; swiveling or swivelling

Kids Definition of swivel (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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