Definition of Swivel

1. Noun. A coupling (as in a chain) that has one end that turns on a headed pin.

Generic synonyms: Coupler, Coupling



2. Verb. Turn on a pivot.
Exact synonyms: Pivot
Generic synonyms: Turn
Specialized synonyms: Pirouette
Derivative terms: Pivot, Pivot

Definition of Swivel

1. n. 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.

2. v. i. To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.

Definition of Swivel

1. Noun. ''(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. ¹

2. Noun. (military) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; called also swivel gun. ¹

3. Noun. (slang) strength of mind or character that enables one to overcome adversity; confidence; will ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Swivel

1. to turn on a pivoted support [v -ELED, -ELING, -ELS or -ELLED, -ELLING, -ELS]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Swivel

switchy
switchyard
switchyards
swith
swithe
swither
swithered
swithering
swithers
swithly
swits
switses
switzerite
swive
swived
swivel (current term)
swivel-hipped
swivel chair
swivel chairs
swivel gun
swivel pin
swiveled
swiveling
swivelled
swivelling
swivelly
swivels
swives
swivet
swivets

Literary usage of Swivel

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1. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"A gun mounted on a swivel or pivot: commonly, but not always, ... A small shuttle for use in a swivel-loom for weaving ribbons— swivel table-clamp. ..."

2. Machine Tool Operation by Henry D. Burghardt (1922)
"The swivel table is pivoted on a large stud located in the center of the ... Never rely altogether on the swivel graduations when accuracy is desired. ..."

3. Instructions to Young Sportsmen in All that Relates to Guns and Shooting by Peter Hawker (1844)
"The following are the dimensions of the apparatus for a swivel-gun, ... But if the apparatus is adapted to a carronade or ship's swivel, it must be more ..."

4. Shooting: By Lord Walsingham and Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey, Bt. by Thomas de Grey Walsingham, Ralph Payne-Gallwey, Gerald William Lascelles, Archibald John Stuart-Wortley, Simon Fraser Lovat, Charles Lennox Kerr (1886)
"But, even at the present day, not many breechloading swivel-guns are made ... Breechloading swivel-guns can be loaded very quickly compared with the time ..."

5. Instructions to Young Sportsmen in All that Relates to Guns and Shooting by Peter Hawker (1859)
"The following are the dimensions of the apparatus for a swivel-gun, which carries about ... But if the apparatus is adapted to a carronade or ship's swivel, ..."

6. Modern Seamanship by Austin Melvin Knight (1910)
"Both chains are now broken at the shackles and the riding chain is connected up to the swivel. At the same time, the lee chain is hauled around by the ..."

7. A Cotton Fabrics Glossary by Frank P. Bennett, & Co (1914)
"The method of using the swivel motion saves a great deal of yarn, ... The swivel motion is also of advantage in decorating certain jacquard figures upon ..."

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