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swivel

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

Definition of swivel

  1. :  a device joining two parts so that one or both can pivot freely (as on a bolt or pin)

Examples of swivel in a sentence

  1. The gun was mounted on a swivel.

Origin and Etymology of swivel

Middle English; akin to Old English swīfan to revolve, Old High German swebōn to roll, heave


First Known Use: 14th century

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swivel

verb swiv·el

Definition of swivel

swiveled

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swivelled

swiveling

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swivelling

\ˈswi-və-liŋ, ˈswiv-liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to turn on or as if on a swivel <swiveled his eyes in various directions>

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to swing or turn on or as if on a swivel

Examples of swivel in a sentence

  1. She swiveled in her seat to check the time.

  2. She swiveled the chair around to face us.

1775

First Known Use of swivel

1775


SWIVEL Defined for English Language Learners

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swivel

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

Definition of swivel for English Language Learners

  • : a device that joins two parts so that one of the parts can turn or spin while the other part does not move


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swivel

verb swiv·el

Definition of swivel for English Language Learners

  • : to turn around


SWIVEL Defined for Kids

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swivel

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noun swiv·el \ˈswi-vəl\

Definition of swivel for Students

  1. :  a device joining two parts so that one or both can turn freely (as on a bolt or pin)


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swivel

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verb swiv·el

Definition of swivel for Students

swiveled

or

swivelled

swiveling

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swivelling

  1. :  to turn on or as if on a swivel <He swiveled around to see who was behind him.>



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