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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Synonyms for swivel

Synonyms: Verb

pivot, revolve, roll, rotate, spin, swing, swirl, turn, twirl, twist, wheel, whirl

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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

While swivel-up sticks like this one often go on patchy, this one lays down smooth, even coats of color that don't catch on dry spots or skip over oily T-zones. Glamour, "This Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick Makes My Face Look Instantly Poreless," 8 Mar. 2019 An innovative indoor-outdoor access 70-liter pull-out fridge at the side entry door will be handy on the road, and four people can sit inside the living room area thanks to swivel front seats and a rear bench. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Volkswagen adds a larger, amenity-packed camper van to its lineup," 8 Aug. 2018 This is a fancy name for a hinge that lets the monitor swivel forward as well as recline. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's swivel-display Predator Triton 900 will include Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics," 6 Jan. 2019 There are plenty of forums—like the VanDwellers Reddit, the Vanual, and Sprinter Forum—to help you install everything from swivel seats to bed platforms, and there are also a few companies selling conversion kits that make DIY easy. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 In her work, Ms. Nozdrovska had looked into corruption in state tenders and testified against a member of Parliament, making plenty of enemies along the way and exposing the rot still in the judicial system years after Ukraine’s pro-European swivel. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "In Ukraine, a Successful Fight for Justice, Then a Murder," 9 Jan. 2018 The back braces on the chair and the bases of both the chair and ottoman are aluminum, and the chair has a swivel mechanism. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "This Is What Makes The Eames Lounge Chair So Special," 7 Nov. 2018 Birch-like flooring is easy to sweep out, and the swivel and bench seats are covered with a colorful custom upholstery. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Sleek camper van sleeps two with space for bikes," 26 Sep. 2018 This is an IPS panel, and the stand allows for height, swivel, and tilt adjustments. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Alienware's monster 34-inch curved G-Sync display is $500 off in Dell's 'Black Friday in July' blowout," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But onlookers paying close attention as rising runway stars Deirdre Fírinne and Rebecca Longendyke whipped around each turn of the runway caught an alluring glimpse at one of the British fashion house's most head-swiveling beauty looks to date. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexander McQueen Puts a Dramatic Twist on the Classic Ponytail at Paris Fashion Week," 5 Mar. 2019 Conversation swiveled between industries as the likes of Princess Maria-Anunciata of Liechtenstein and Lil Miquela cocreator Trevor McFedries touched on art, entertainment, and Los Angeles as a whole. David Graver, Vogue, "Rimowa and Garage Magazine Celebrate Artist Alex Israel at a Frieze Los Angeles Fete," 19 Feb. 2019 Next came confident colors and flourishes: a foyer in creamy lacquer, a wall of ocean-blue grass cloth, a swiveling, disco-era brass cocktail table. Vanessa Gregory, ELLE Decor, "A Recently Renovated Mid-Century Home in Knoxville, Tennessee," 7 Feb. 2019 The Real Madrid forward threatened a second soon after, swivelling on the edge of the area and scuffing just wide after a powerful run from left-back Raphael Guerreiro. Martyn Wood, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo again leads Portugal to victory against Morocco," 20 June 2018 Acer’s Predator Triton 900 pairs its formidable firepower with a 17-inch, 4K display that swivels on its hinge so the screen faces outward. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about," 11 Jan. 2019 Unlike the swiveling hinge that graces the Triton 900, the Triton 500 is a conventional gaming notebook, available this February in North America. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's Predator Triton 500 marries Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics with 144Hz G-Sync," 6 Jan. 2019 The resort’s one shortcoming: With all of that tech (that swiveling TV, another Bluetooth speaker outside), your neighbor might take full advantage of it. James Sturz, WSJ, "How to Choose the Perfect Overwater Bungalow," 31 Oct. 2018 The whopping 17-inch 4K Nvidia G-Sync display swivels on what Acer calls an Ezel Aero Hinge. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Acer's swivel-display Predator Triton 900 will include Nvidia's mobile RTX graphics," 6 Jan. 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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More Definitions for swivel

swivel

noun

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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