Swivel Swiv"el, n. [AS. sw[=i]fan to move quickly, to remove; akin to Icel. sveifla to whirl, shake, sv[=i]fa to ramble, to turn. See {Swoop}, and cf. {Swift} a reel, {Swift}, a.] 1. (Mech.) 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. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; -- called also {swivel gun}. --Wilhelm. [1913 Webster]

{Swivel bridge}, a kind of drawbridge that turns round on a vertical axis; a swing bridge.

{Swivel hook}, a hook connected with the iron strap of a pulley block by a swivel joint, for readily taking the turns out of a tackle.

{Swivel joint}, a joint, the two pieces composing which turn round, with respect to each other, on a longitudinal pin or axis, as in a chain, to prevent twisting. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

/ (in a chain) /

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  • swivel — [swiv′əl] n. [ME swiuel < base of OE swifan, to revolve, turn: for IE base see SWIFT] 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… …   English World dictionary

  • swivel — (n.) c.1300, from frequentative form of stem of O.E. verb swifan to move in a course, sweep (a class I strong verb), from P.Gmc. *swipanan (Cf. O.Fris. swiva to be uncertain, O.N. svifa to rove, ramble, drift ), from PIE root *swei swing, bend,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • swivel — ► NOUN ▪ a coupling between two parts enabling one to revolve without turning the other. ► VERB (swivelled, swivelling; US swiveled, swiveling) ▪ turn on or as if on a swivel. ORIGIN Old English, «move (along a course), sweep» …   English terms dictionary

  • Swivel — Swiv el, v. i. To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swivel — The verb has inflected forms swivelled, swivelling in BrE, and in AmE usually swiveled, swiveling …   Modern English usage

  • swivel — [v] spin around axis hinge, pirouette, pivot, revolve, rotate, swing around, turn, whirl; concept 145 …   New thesaurus

  • swivel — I UK [ˈswɪv(ə)l] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms swivel : present tense I/you/we/they swivel he/she/it swivels present participle swivelling past tense swivelled past participle swivelled swivel or swivel around or swivel round if… …   English dictionary

  • Swivel — A swivel is a connection that allows the connected object, such as a gun or chair to rotate horizontally and/or vertically. A common design for a swivel is a cylindrical rod that can turn freely within a support structure. The rod is usually… …   Wikipedia

  • swivel — swiv|el1 [ swıvl ] (present participle swiv|el|ing or swiv|el|ling; past tense and past participle swiv|eled or swiv|elled) verb intransitive or transitive swivel or swivel around or swivel round if someone or something swivels or you swivel them …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • swivel — swivellike, adj. /swiv euhl/, n., v., swiveled, swiveling or (esp. Brit.) swivelled, swivelling. n. 1. a fastening device that allows the thing fastened to turn around freely upon it, esp. to turn in a full circle. 2. such a device consisting of… …   Universalium

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