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swivel

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

Definition of swivel

: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.

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Origin and Etymology of swivel

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

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swivel

verb

Definition of swivel

swiveled or swivelled; swiveling or swivelling \ˈswi-və-liŋ, ˈswiv-liŋ\
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

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.

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First Known Use of swivel

1775

swivel Synonyms


SWIVEL Defined for English Language Learners

swivel

noun

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


swivel

verb

Definition of swivel for English Language Learners

  • : to turn around


SWIVEL Defined for Kids

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swivel

noun swiv·el \ ˈswi-vəl \

Definition of swivel for Students

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

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swivel

verb

Definition of swivel for Students

swiveled or swivelled; swiveling or swivelling
:to turn on or as if on a swivel
  • He swiveled around to see who was behind him.


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