swivel

noun, often attributive
swiv·el | \ˈswi-vəl \

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, 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 front passenger seat swivels and an extra counter space flips up to create an eating space, but our family eats most meals at the large dinette and table area located in the center of the van. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018 This chair features a swivel seat that has contoured, segmented padding, a padded headrest, and padded arms. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Start playing in comfort! Amazon's selling a leather gaming chair for $68," 24 May 2018 And a swivel of the desk chair brings into view a digital camera, television, and cable TV box. Peter Ford, The Christian Science Monitor, "'E-waste': Getting grip on a growing global problem," 9 July 2018 About six inches above the hook is a swivel, and above that is a sliding sinker to hold the bait near the bottom or beneath a bobber in the very shallow water. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Hot weather cats: Choke Canyon angling kicks into summer mode," 5 July 2018 While living in South Africa, Stebin Horne, the founder of this Georgia company, designed an ingenious wood-burner ($499) consisting of a countertop-high metal fire pit surmounted by a vertical pole on which swivel a series of grates and planchas. Steven Raichlen, New York Times, "Cooking Over Wood: A Guide to the Grills," 29 June 2018 Perhaps most striking in the new bar area are the library-style LED lights, made by California design company, Koncept, that swivel to the chef’s will. Kelly Dobkin, Bon Appetit, "The Well-Crafted Kitchen: Inside the New Momofuku Ko Bar," 5 June 2018 Sudden, but composed with swivel hips and velvet feet to stay in phase with elusive receivers. cleveland.com, "Denzel Ward: Get to know the Browns' No. 4 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft," 26 Apr. 2018 One of the innovators of the now popular and chic swivel compact, Lilah b. is all about creating simple, multipurpose beauty products with clean formulas. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Best Natural and Organic Makeup Brands That Makeup Artists Actually Use," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But whether a head-swiveling accessory was in the mix or not, many, including Alicia Vikander and Kendall Jenner, also served up gravitas in the back, harnessing the power of a sleek plait or voluminous ponytail. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Gilded Crowns to Gothic Lips, These Met Gala Beauty Trends Dominated the Red Carpet," 8 May 2018 Seating is built into this whimsical retro cafeteria-style table, with stools that swivel underneath for easy storage. Emily Heller, Curbed, "10 dining room tables under $1,000," 29 June 2018 The second goal came when Cutrone controlled Giacomo Bonaventura's through ball with his back to goal and swivelled before drilling the ball into the bottom left corner. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Serie A Recap: AC Milan stay on course to Europe, relegate Verona with victory," 5 May 2018 Also a combination of planticular locomotion, hind feet that can swivel, and extremely creepy/dextrous little fingers. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "From a flipping pancake house to an overstuffed bot," 15 June 2018 Chirinos caught the baseball and swiveled his head in time to see Kemp. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Matt Kemp ejected in Dodgers' 3-2 extra-inning win over the Rangers," 14 June 2018 The chain guide now swivels to allow work on the chain without removing the guide. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Specialized Re-Reinvents the Stumpjumper," 22 May 2018 Roughly the size of a single-serve box of cereal, the SunLight has a 100-watt LED lantern on one side and a solar panel on the other, plus a swiveling wire that doubles as a stand and a clip for hanging. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The Best Solar Lights for Road Life," 29 June 2018 Dozens of little faces swiveled around to watch the 6-foot-tall drag queen clad in teal and black lace glide through the space. NBC News, "Drag Queen Story Hour brings pride and glamor to libraries across U.S.," 19 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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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 \

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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