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 ships, armed with cannons and swivel guns, harassed Royal Navy warships that delivered supplies and menaced revolutionaries on the shore. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Nor’easter winds reveal a surprising beach discovery: The remains of a Revolutionary War-era ship," 5 Mar. 2018 The event is held in conjunction with the Villa Louis War of 1812 reenactment and will feature a Pattern 1827 cannon, a swivel gun, and a Civil War howitzer. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifest 2019, Art Fair on the Square, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 7 July 2019 Hall general manager Ali DeLaune said the indoor/outdoor bar — with 18 plush leather swivel seats inside and 13 stools on the patio — will serve 15 custom cocktails, 10 local beers on tap and a variety of bottled beers and wine. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Long-delayed Windmill Food Hall set to open this weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 The adjustability of the monitor is excellent, with a wide range to swivel and adjust height, as well as the ability to rotate the panel 180 degrees into a vertical orientation. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: Finding the best gaming monitors you can buy in 2019," 23 Aug. 2019 Noise and weight are other concerns, as is how easily the vacuum swivels around angles. Julianne Ross, CNN Underscored, "Cordless vacuums are stronger than ever — shop the best picks for your budget," 29 July 2019 The Cabbunk double bunk system fits on swivel cab seats and can hold up to 150 pounds in each bunk bed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Custom camper van is a cozy cabin-on-the-go," 2 July 2019 As the lovable character Willard Hewitt in Footloose, his journey learning to dance looks promising for Elvis' signature hip swivels. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "Who Can Be Elvis? Music Moments From Harry Styles, Miles Teller & More Up to Star in Baz Luhrmann Biopic," 2 July 2019 Beside their seats a large wheel, called the stabilizer trim wheel, which rotates as the horizontal tail swivels, would have been spinning fast and noisily. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Riders curious about what is being fixed can go to the north end of the Belmont station platform to see the tangle of tracks and switches, the red lights that stop Red and Purple Line trains and the swiveling track formation. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Work on CTA’s Red-Purple Line modernization project to start this fall," 27 Aug. 2019 Moulin Rouge!’ director Baz Luhrmann is bringing his visual panache to the story of the hip-swiveling icon with a film centered on the relationship between Presley and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Harry Styles as Elvis Presley? Dream-casting five upcoming music biopics we'd like to see," 19 Mar. 2019 The camera rarely sits still — sometimes swiveling on its axis, sometimes stalking the characters from behind — and its movements drive the picture’s own tonal oscillations between ecstasy and dread. Los Angeles Times, "Toronto Film Festival: ‘Waves’ and ‘Just Mercy’ shine a light on black American families in crisis," 7 Sep. 2019 What a dream to bring it home, fill it with tapered white candles, switch off all the lights, and swivel its elegant arms around. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Oldies but Goodies: The 10 Standout Antiques from The Winter Show," 18 Jan. 2019 Ehlinger lofted it deep and Fulton swiveled around just a tick too early, losing his balance. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "No. 9 Texas falls to No. 6 LSU in instant classic," 7 Sep. 2019 If only fantasy points were awarded for swivelling 360 degrees or making an angle for a pass. SI.com, "Tottenham Fantasy Football: Every Spurs Player's Price in 2019/20 Game Revealed," 5 July 2019 In total, more than 70 telescopes swiveled toward the same location in the sky. Quanta Magazine, "Neutron-Star Collision Shakes Space-Time and Lights Up the Sky," 16 Oct. 2017 On the contrary, astronomers often swivel the mirrors of giant telescopes on the ground and in orbit toward the solar system’s outskirts to observe those faraway giants. Shannon Hall, Scientific American, "The Solar System’s Loneliest Planets, Revisited," 22 Aug. 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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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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