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Meaning of SWIVEL

Pronunciation:  'swivul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a coupling (as in a chain) that has one end that turns on a headed pin
  2. [v]  turn on a pivot

SWIVEL is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: pivot
 See Also: coupler, coupling, pirouette, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    2. (Mil.) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or
       swivel; -- called also {swivel gun}. --Wilhelm.
    {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.
  2. \Swiv"el\, v. i.
    To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.