Definition of swivel in US English:

swivel

nounPlural swivels

  • A coupling between two parts enabling one to revolve without turning the other.

    • ‘Snap hooks at each end of the sling attach to the sling swivels, allowing the rifle to be securely carried like a backpack.’
    • ‘In my opinion the best way to attach the float to the line is with a swivel attached to a short length of power gum.’
    • ‘The rifle also features an exhibition-grade claro walnut stock with ebony tip, cap and gold swivels.’
    • ‘Both are equipped with studs for sling swivels.’
    • ‘Whole boxes of swivels going green and horrid, bulk spools of line that are there from one season to the next… how the tackle manufacturers must love us!’
    • ‘Also shown is the Weatherby web sling, 1 1/4-inch width, supplied with swivels.’
    • ‘A point to remember is that small swivels turn much easier than large ones, so if you are using a fifteen pound leader use one or two small swivels, say size 10 which have a breaking strain of about 40 pounds.’
    • ‘We quickly diagnosed the malfunction and determined that both inboard spoiler swivels required replacement.’
    • ‘Each model is equipped with swivel studs, swivels and a padded sling.’
    • ‘Sling ends are tapered to fit standard swivels.’
    • ‘Each groove holds the projection and stops the swivel action while the swivel base swivels to a particular orientation in the mounting base.’
    • ‘It had been equipped with front and rear sling swivels.’
    • ‘Also don't use the small buckle swivels which have become fashionable with some anglers, they don't work and you will lose flies when casting.’
    • ‘All you need is two one-inch swivels and the ability to choose between two good looking colors - black or chestnut.’
    • ‘A lump of clay is then placed at the centre of the motorised swivel and moulded into the desired shape.’
    • ‘Patented swivel axle keeps all three wheels on the ground even on sharp turns.’
    • ‘I had some drilled balsa bodies and I inserted a length of brass welding rod in one end and a swivel in the other.’
    • ‘There are still a lot of non-locking swivels on the market.’
    • ‘It weighed in at about 10 lb fully loaded, sporting the Kahles scope and fitted with swivels, but not wearing a sling.’
    • ‘I have never used a spit, instead, I use a couple of meat hooks and a fishing swivel.’
    pivot, axle, spindle, hinge, axis, fulcrum, pin, hub, kingpin, gudgeon, trunnion
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verbswivelled, swiveled, swiveling, swivels, swivelling

  • often with adverbial Turn around a point or axis or on a swivel.

    no object ‘he swiveled in the chair’
    with object ‘she swiveled her eyes round’
    • ‘I swivelled my chair around and looked at the screen of my own computer, which showed me, a blue screen with a few icons shoved to the side.’
    • ‘I'm not sure if the line manager had noticed the extra wires but as he was sitting at the desk and swivelling his chair, his legs must have got tangled in the wires.’
    • ‘He stared out the window at the night, then his eyes swivelled round and met my gaze.’
    • ‘And perhaps both of them would have offered the same advice to Tina Turner, who could still set a rock concert audience alight at 60, and Tom Jones, still swivelling his pelvis at 64.’
    • ‘The young man swings his legs down from the desk, swiveling around in his chair to stare at his older brother.’
    • ‘I swiveled my chair around and watched the four men lean over the artwork.’
    • ‘So, I tactfully swivelled round on my stool, and pretended to watch the guys playing darts, until my mate Barry returned from the bar with a couple of fresh pints.’
    • ‘After we had cleared the city, he set the controls and swiveled his chair around to face me.’
    • ‘He swiveled in his chair to wait for the rest of the students to clear out of the room before he spoke.’
    • ‘Suddenly he swivelled round and began doing Groucho Marx impressions.’
    • ‘Bob (the dad) was at the wheel, swivelling his head around, as if looking for someone.’
    • ‘Jason swiveled in his chair and typed a command at the keyboard below the flashing screen.’
    • ‘Try swivelling the mixer tap round to the right and the ensuing stream of water misses the second sink by a good couple of inches, creating large puddles across the worktop.’
    • ‘Each venue would have specifically designed cruising areas, where you would stand on your own, away from your friends, eyes swivelling round like radars.’
    • ‘‘You can hang up if you want,’ he said, swivelling around in his chair.’
    • ‘The lights came on at her touch and she swiveled her chair to look at the computer monitor.’
    • ‘Two semi-young security guards swiveled their chairs around to get a good look at us.’
    • ‘He swiveled around in his chair, looked over the rims of his glasses and gave me a toothy grin.’
    • ‘She swiveled round and brought up one of her short swords.’
    • ‘Benji swiveled the swing so that the chains crossed and he was facing her.’
    turn, spin, swing, rotate, revolve, pivot, twirl, whirl, wheel, gyrate, pirouette
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Origin

Middle English, from the base of Old English swīfan ‘to move (along a course), sweep’.

Pronunciation

swivel

/ˈswivəl//ˈswɪvəl/