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swivel chair

a chair whose seat turns around horizontally on a swivel.
Origin of swivel chair
An Americanism dating back to 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Dr. Quayle sat down on a swivel chair and swung round to face them.

    The Ball and The Cross G.K. Chesterton
  • He whirled about in his swivel chair, and blew a cloud of smoke from his mouth.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The warden tilted back in his swivel chair, and gazed at the forgiven, but unforgiving prisoner.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • The fat man grunted and hoisted himself out of the swivel chair.

    Dream Town Henry Slesar
  • Then he turned round, on his swivel chair, to his desk, and wrote a check for one hundred dollars.

    Real Folks Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  • Then he settled himself in his swivel chair and beamed his warmest.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • He sat in his swivel chair, rocking gently backward and forward for several minutes, after a fashion he had when perturbed.

    Cappy Ricks Peter B. Kyne
  • A man was seated in a swivel chair before the roll-top desk.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • Getting up from the swivel chair he began to pace to and fro across the room.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
British Dictionary definitions for swivel chair

swivel chair

a chair, the seat of which is joined to the legs by a swivel and which thus may be spun round
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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