- a fastening device that allows the thing fastened to turn around freely upon it, especially to turn in a full circle.
- such a device consisting of two parts, each of which turns around independently, as a compound link of a chain, one part of which turns freely in the other by means of a headed pin or the like.
- a pivoted support allowing a gun to turn around in a horizontal plane.
- a swivel gun.
- a device attached to a loom and used as a shuttle to weave extra threads in the production of small figures, especially dots.
- to turn or pivot on or as if on a swivel: He swiveled his chair around.
- to fasten by a swivel; furnish with a swivel.
- to turn on or if as on a swivel.
Origin of swivel
Examples from the Web for swiveled
Cash teased his hair into a pompadour, swiveled his hips, amped up his drawl, and belted out a tune worthy of a quarter million.10 Celebrity Elvis Impersonations
August 16, 2011
He swiveled his head to fix me with his gaze, and then turned it back to the road.Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Controversial Call to Arms
May 22, 2010
When we met, she was wearing a purple tank top and dark jeans and giggling as she swiveled back and forth to her interpreter.Hugo and the Hottie
October 8, 2009
He waved at onlookers below, then swiveled and waved at others on the porch outside the National Gallery.London's Living Sculptures
August 6, 2009
He had swiveled dangerously on the Secretary of the Treasury again.The Adventurer
Cyril M. Kornbluth
Coleman swiveled around in his chair and squinted at the wall clock.The Velvet Glove
He swiveled his head to examine the boy who had picked up the books.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
But the machine, roaring into sudden life, swiveled rapidly and threw him off.The Status Civilization
He swiveled his chair around and regarded them with interested eyes.Smugglers' Reef
- a coupling device which allows an attached object to turn freely
- such a device made of two parts which turn independently, such as a compound link of a chain
- a pivot on which is mounted a gun that may be swung from side to side in a horizontal plane
- Also called: swivel gunthe gun itself
- to turn or swing on or as if on a pivot
- (tr) to provide with, secure by, or support with a swivel
Word Origin and History for swiveled
c.1300, from frequentative form of stem of Old English verb swifan "to move in a course, sweep" (a class I strong verb), from Proto-Germanic *swipanan (cf. Old Frisian swiva "to be uncertain," Old Norse svifa "to rove, ramble, drift"), from PIE root *swei- "swing, bend, move in a sweeping manner." Middle English swive was the principal slang for "to have sexual intercourse with," a sense that developed c.1300. This probably explains why, though the root is verbal, the verb swivel is not attested in Modern English until 1794. Cf. Middle English phrase smal-swivinge men "men who copulate infrequently."
1794, from swivel (n.). Related: Swiveled; swiveling; swivelled; swivelling.