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

The machine was one of the first mining shovels to be equipped with a round dipper stick that allowed the bucket to swivel. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Like satellite dishes, the large rounded ears of African wild dogs swivel to detect minute sounds in the distance. National Geographic, "Leaders of the Pack: Facts About African Wild Dogs," 26 Mar. 2019 Added bonus: Its rounded base swivels, so cornering is a breeze. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Dyson Slim Vacuum," 29 Dec. 2011 The post actually sparked an even bigger debate: clasp and swivel vs. hooking in the back. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Don't Panic, But You've Been Wearing Your Bra Wrong Your Entire Life," 25 Apr. 2019 Today, the Lynx is a sailing naval museum, complete with a functioning main battery of four 6-pounder carronade and four swivel guns as well as a stand of historic small arms for demonstration purposes. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "Meet the 6 tall ships docking in New Orleans this weekend," 20 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If four or more of the detectors sense one such blast, your onboard computer can swivel you into position to observe the area with the LAT. Liz Kruesi, National Geographic, "Dear Fermi: What it means to see the universe's extremes," 11 June 2019 Simply shove the seat/carrier through the door the easy way—perpendicular to the opening—and lock it into its base; the parent then can swivel the seat 90 degrees to face backward or forward, as their child's age dictates. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-Benz's Car Seat Prototype Will Make Children Safer," 21 May 2019 In another possible example of AI weapons release, the turret immediately swivels in the direction of the missile fire and fires a burst. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Crazy Ad for an Israeli Future Tank Is Something Else," 12 Mar. 2019 During closed-door meetings, Mr. Trump largely listened through most issues, firmly crossing his arms and swiveling a bit in his seat, according to people who were in the room. Peter Baker, New York Times, "Escalating Clash With Canada, Trump Is Isolated Before North Korea Meeting," 10 June 2018 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

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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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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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