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 swivel (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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Synonyms for swivel

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Once inside, your five senses are heightened, head on a swivel. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 14 Oct. 2021 That different experience includes the all-new seats, a more ergonomic design than the last generation, with 180-degree swivel possibilities and footrests for reclining. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 13 Oct. 2021 Plus, it's designed with a smooth swivel design to get around furniture and sleeping pets effortlessly. Sanah Faroke, PEOPLE.com, 3 Oct. 2021 Wheels in the center of the vacuum propel it across the floor, while a swivel ball caster wheel at the front maneuvers the machine. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Sep. 2021 The arm itself can be adjusted via tilt, swivel and a nice range of heights. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 The gate is held shut with a simple chain and swivel snap; there is no lock. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Aug. 2021 In building the set, buyers will be treated to tributes of each of the Fab Five's original talents, such as a kitchen island for Porowski, a clothing rack for France, Van Ness’ swivel salon chair and Brown’s couch and scrapbook. NBC News, 15 Sep. 2021 My head was on a swivel, taking in everything, scribbling notes whenever possible, aware of an approaching deadline. Michael Quintanilla, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Auburn took the lead for good with a strip-sack in the end zone, stopped a pivotal fourth down then scored a 71-yard touchdown on the next play to regain a double-digit lead and swivel the momentum in a 38-23 win at No. Bennett Durando, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2021 From there, swivel your gaze over to the left-hand panel of options, and click Your Facebook Information. Brian Barrett, Wired, 11 Oct. 2021 On commutes into Oak Cliff, Jonathon and Christine Erdeljac, owners of Jonathon’s Oak Cliff and the sister diner down the street on Beckley, would always swivel in their seats to catch a view of the Kel’s sign. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2021 Be sure to swivel the oil around your mouth for about three minutes. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 1 Sep. 2021 The screen is large and displays both rider and instructor views, but doesn’t swivel to allow for non-bike workouts. Sam Gutierrez, Robb Report, 14 Aug. 2021 The spray head and stream spout can swivel 360 degrees and the pre-rinse faucet ensure high pressure. Tim Kohut, BGR, 28 June 2021 The spray head and stream spout can swivel 360 degrees and the pre-rinse faucet ensure high pressure. Tim Kohut, BGR, 28 June 2021 The spray head and stream spout can swivel 360 degrees and the pre-rinse faucet ensure high pressure. Tim Kohut, BGR, 28 June 2021

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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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25 Oct 2021

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“Swivel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/swivel. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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