Swivel meaning

swĭvəl
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.

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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.

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A device that joins two parts in a way that allows one part to turn without turning the other.
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To turn or rotate on a swivel or an axis.
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To turn on a swivel or an axis.
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A coupling device that allows free turning of the parts attached to it; specif., a chain link made in two parts, one piece fitting like a collar below the bolt head of the other and turning freely about it.
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To cause to turn or rotate on or as if on a swivel.
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To fit, fasten, or support with a swivel.
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To turn on or as if on a swivel.
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(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.
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(military) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; called also swivel gun.

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(slang) Strength of mind or character that enables one to overcome adversity; confidence; will.

Bob ain't got no swivel.

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(intransitive) To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.
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To secure, fit, or support with a swivel.
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Origin of swivel

  • Middle English swyvel

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English swyvel, swivel, from a derivative of Old English swÄ«fan (“to revolve"), + -el, an instrumental suffix.

    From Wiktionary