3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swivel \Swiv"el\, noun [AS. sw[imac]fan to move quickly, to remove; akin to Icel. sveifla to whirl, shake, sv[imac]fa to ramble, to turn. See {Swoop}, and cf. {Swift} a reel, {Swift}, adjective]

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Swivel \Swiv"el\, verb (used without an object) To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



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


1: turn on a pivot [syn: {pivot}, {swivel}]

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