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 swivel (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 main salon is furnished with a vintage sofa shaped like lips, a pair of Milo Baughman swivel chairs in a Fabricut velvet, and amethyst side tables by Matthew Studios. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Sasha Bikoff Designs a Jewel Box Salon for Alison Lou," 17 Dec. 2020 This model can support up to 80 pounds and swivel a full (and impressive) 360 degrees. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "Here Are the Best TV Mounts to Elevate Movie Night," 9 Dec. 2020 The guns feature matte-finished walnut stocks and olive-drab Cerakoted metal and swivel studs. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The Best New and Used Break-Action Waterfowl Shotguns," 2 Dec. 2020 The swivel rotates a full 360-degrees and the 200-lumen lamp has four different brightness settings to conserve battery life. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The Best GoPro Black Friday Bargains: Online Deals on the Camera Gear You Love," 17 Nov. 2020 Just note that it’s a straight recliner that doesn’t rock or swivel. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best reclining chairs for your living room," 2 Nov. 2020 The diminutive Maradona beat him with a leap and a swivel of the noggin. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "If you were there, you will never forget Maradona in Mexico," 26 Nov. 2020 But neither starter is the type of linebacker that makes tailbacks keep their head on a swivel. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Kelly: Are the Dolphins pretenders, or playoff contenders? | Commentary," 24 Nov. 2020 It is angled to fit the natural curve of the lower back with 360 degrees of swivel and between 90-120 degrees of rocking room. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Great office chairs to stop the slump and create comfort," 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For example, Dell is offering a video-conferencing friendly monitor that is easy to adjust and swivel to get the optimum angle for video calls, complete with a high resolution webcam. Mae Anderson, ajc, "5 CES Trends to Watch," 12 Jan. 2021 The adjustable seat will swivel 360 degrees ($85.99, including shipping). oregonlive, "Easily upgrade your home desk: Get organized, comfortable in 2021," 12 Jan. 2021 Similar to the Echelon, Hydrow lets users swivel the screen around and access yoga, pilates and other workouts to complement their rowing workouts. Hanna Horvath, NBC News, "Best rowers and rowing machines of 2020 for your home gym," 4 Dec. 2020 Press the retractable foot pedal and swivel the tree into position. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Christmas Tree Stands," 11 Nov. 2020 Inside, two passenger seats swivel and create a comfortably spacious waiting room for commuting. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "2020 Beijing Auto Show's 14 Most Interesting Cars and Concepts," 4 Oct. 2020 The high torque cleaner head maneuvers smoothly and can swivel into tight spaces (like between dining room table legs) with relative ease. Landon Groves, chicagotribune.com, "Dyson V11 Torque Drive review: We tested to see if this vacuum was perfect for pet owners," 25 Sep. 2020 But it can also be remotely activated as a security camera, to swivel around and see the whole room. Washington Post, "Amazon’s new security drone, car camera and swiveling speaker push the boundaries of surveillance, again," 24 Sep. 2020 Wiggle and swan dive and swivel my body every which way that feels good or right. Malia Griggs, SELF, "13 Products That Got Me to Love Yoga at Home," 5 Aug. 2020

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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

23 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Swivel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swivel. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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