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 chairs swivel to face the eating area, offering dual functionality in this open floor plan. Boston.com Real Estate, "Room to Love: In silver, a podium-worthy living room design," 13 Nov. 2019 Overhead, the entire hemisphere of the roof swivels. Alex Schechter, National Geographic, "Why Prague is the best place for astronomy buffs," 4 Nov. 2019 Steffen kept his head on a swivel most of the night as Mayfield, ranked ninth in the cleveland.com Top 25, wrapped up the Western Reserve Conference for itself and clinched a first-round home game in next week’s OHSAA Division II playoffs. Matt Goul, cleveland, "No. 9 Mayfield tops No. 10 Kenston, 24-21, for WRC crown and first undefeated regular season in 35 years," 2 Nov. 2019 Starting for the first time in five games since suffering an ankle injury in the season opener, Washington kept the Cowboys defenders’ heads on a swivel — a number of times nimbly reversing field. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Washington looks like old self in halting his ground scoring drought," 12 Oct. 2019 The Smeg rose gold kettle has a 360° swivel base, auto-shutoff when water reaches boil—or when the kettle is lifted from the base—a soft-opening lid, and easy-to-read water level indicators. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Smeg’s New Limited-Edition Kitchen Appliances Are a Rose Gold Dream," 8 Oct. 2019 And thanks to the proliferation of puck-moving defensemen, who freely pinch deep into the offensive zone, every forward has to have his head on a swivel. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Double Duty: The Value of a Two-Way Forward in Today’s NHL," 2 Oct. 2019 Upholstered in plush beige fabric and set on a swivel base, the Moving Mountains Puffer chair is squat with a curvy back. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Cute furniture is a reprieve from our age of anxiety," 7 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The singing males were hardly shy about their performances: When females perched next to them, the males switched to the louder of their two piercing songs and swiveled toward them, the researchers report. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Watch the world’s loudest bird scream for a mate," 21 Oct. 2019 Overhead, a 40-foot LED screen will show sporting events and concerts, and the DJ booth can swivel to face the dayclub or nightclub, depending on the event. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, "Seminole Hard Rock: DAER South Florida, a hybrid dayclub-nightclub, opening with Hollywood expansion," 19 Sep. 2019 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

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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

18 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Swivel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swiveling. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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