- The definition of a swivel is something attached to two pieces that lets each piece move independently from each other.
An example of a swivel is the seat of a bar stool spinning around on the frame of the chair.
- Swivel is defined as to rotate.
An example of swivel is when the seat of a bar stool turns around in a circle while the base of the chair remains still.
Origin of swivelMiddle English swiuel from base of Old English swifan, to revolve, turn: for Indo-European base see swift
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
- to cause to turn or rotate on or as if on a swivel
- to fit, fasten, or support with a swivel
verbswiv·eled, swiv·el·ing, swiv·els, or swiv·elled swiv·el·ling
- To turn or rotate on a swivel or an axis.
- To secure, fit, or support with a swivel.
Origin of swivelMiddle English swyvel
- (mechanical) A piece, as a ring or hook, attached to another piece by a pin, in such a manner as to permit rotation about the pin as an axis.
- (military) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; called also swivel gun.
- (slang) strength of mind or character that enables one to overcome adversity; confidence; will
- Bob ain't got no swivel.
(third-person singular simple present swivels, present participle swiveling or swivelling, simple past and past participle swiveled or swivelled)
- (intransitive) To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.
Middle English swyvel, swivel, from a derivative of Old English swÄ«fan (“to revolve"), + -el, an instrumental suffix.