Definition of swivel in English:

swivel

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Pronunciation: /ˈswɪv(ə)l
 
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noun

  • A coupling between two parts enabling one to revolve without turning the other.
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    • Patented swivel axle keeps all three wheels on the ground even on sharp turns.
    • Each model is equipped with swivel studs, swivels and a padded sling.
    • Each groove holds the projection and stops the swivel action while the swivel base swivels to a particular orientation in the mounting base.
    Synonyms
    pivot, axle, spindle, hinge, axis, fulcrum, pin, hub, kingpin, gudgeon, trunnion

verb (swivels, swivelling, swivelled; US swivels, swiveling, swiveled)

[often with adverbial] Back to top  
  • Turn around a point or axis or on a swivel: [no object]: he swivelled in the chair [with object]: she swivelled her eyes round
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    • Each venue would have specifically designed cruising areas, where you would stand on your own, away from your friends, eyes swivelling round like radars.
    • 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.
    • Suddenly he swivelled round and began doing Groucho Marx impressions.
    Synonyms

Origin

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

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