• WordNet 3.6
    • v swivel turn on a pivot
    • n swivel a coupling (as in a chain) that has one end that turns on a headed pin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Swivel (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.
    • Swivel (Mil) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; -- called also swivel gun.
    • v. i Swivel To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n swivel A fastening so contrived as to allow the thing fastened to turn freely round on its axis; a piece fixed to a similar piece, or to any body, by a pin or otherwise, so as to revolve or turn freely in any direction; a twisting link in a chain, consisting of a ring or hook ending in a headed pin which turns in a link of the chain so as to prevent kinking. See also cut under rowlock.
    • n swivel A gun mounted on a swivel or pivot: commonly, but not always, limited to very small and light guns so mounted.
    • n swivel A rest on the gunwale of a boat for supporting a piece of ordnance or other article that requires swinging in a horizontal plane.
    • n swivel A small gun on the deck of a fishing-schooner, used in foggy weather to signal to the dories the position of the vessel.
    • n swivel A diminutive shuttle used in the figure-weaving of silk, etc., and moved to and fro by slides or by hand. They carry threads of various tints, used to obtain special effects, as in the shading of figures or flowers, etc.
    • n swivel A small shuttle for use in a swivel-loom for weaving ribbons.
    • swivel To turn on or as on a staple, pin, or pivot.
    • swivel To turn (anything) on or as on a swivel of any kind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Swivel swiv′l something fixed in another body so as to turn round in it: a ring or link that turns round on a pin or neck: a small cannon turning on a swivel
    • v.i Swivel to turn on a pin or pivot
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. swīfan, to move quickly, to remove; akin to Icel. sveifla, to whirl, shake, svīfa, to ramble, to turn. See Swoop, and cf. Swift a reel, Swift (a.)


In literature:

More of the ridiculously tiny heads swiveled toward the surrogate.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
Baring greenish-looking teeth in a snarl, the man swiveled his shaggy head toward Simon, then immediately rushed at him.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Rick's neck ached from swiveling around.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
As they flashed past, he swiveled sharply.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
Hussey informed him it was on board the schooner, and the swivel likewise.
"A Narrative of the Mutiny, on Board the Ship Globe, of Nantucket, in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 1824" by William Lay
Besides, we have a swivel-mounted Maxim on our machine.
"Mr. Punch Awheel"
Even as they watched the gun moved on its swivel base, whirring underneath.
"The Gun" by Philip K. Dick
The fat man grunted and hoisted himself out of the swivel chair.
"Dream Town" by Henry Slesar
From the platform of the swivel they looked abroad over the sea.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
Manly swung around in his swivel chair.
"At the Crossroads" by Harriet T. Comstock

In poetry:

Round and round with a giddy swing
Went the sea-king through the dark;
Round went the rope in the swivel-ring,
Round reeled the straining bark.
"Legend of The Corrievrechan" by George MacDonald
Commanding that corkscrew comet jet forth ink
to pitch the white world down in swivelling flood,
you overcast all order's noonday rank
and turn god's radiant photograph to shade.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
Commanding that corkscrew comet jet forth ink
to pitch the white world down in swiveling flood,
you overcast all order’s noonday rank
and turn god’s radiant photograph to shade.
"Sonnet To Satan" by Sylvia Plath
My swivel eye hungers from pose to pose —
In pigtails, clutching a reluctant cat;
Or furred yourself, a sweet girl-graduate;
Or lifting a heavy-headed rose
Beneath a trellis, or in a trilby-hat
"Lines On A Young Lady's Photograph Album" by Philip Larkin
The fellow halves that, cloven as they swivel
On casting tides, are tangled in the shells,
Bearding the unborn devil,
Bleed from my burning fork and smell my heels.
The tongue's of heaven gossip as I glide
Binding my angel's hood.
"My World Is Pyramid" by Dylan Thomas
Now Billy scowls about the Rocks, his manly beauty marr’d,
And Billy’s girl, upon her ’ed, is doin’ six months ’ard;
Bill’s swivel eye is in a sling, his heart is in despair,
And in the Sydney ’Orspital lies Billy’s square affair.
"Billys 'Square Affair'" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Aranez Swivel iPad Leather Case Becomes Top Selling Case.
Aranez Announce the Swivel New iPad Leather Case.
Coming Up at the '21' Club, Beer on Tap in a Swivel Stool.
Tortoise Has Amputated Leg Replaced With Swivel Wheel.
The swivel chairs are from Ikea.
Swivel Chairs Recalled For Fall Hazard.
Watch Swivel Plank in the Fitness Video.
Boyfriend's head on a swivel .
Aimed at medical parts manufacturers, the FZ12KS Tilt vertical machining center incorporates a swivel head spindle for single setup machining of complex parts.
A Shop's One-Setup Secret--It's In The Swivel .
A means must exist to mount the swivel to the machine structure.
The truck features lift heights of more than 30 ft. A low-swiveling, side-shifting turret head.
Some TV mounts can tilt and swivel.
Hurco's new VMX42SRT five- axis machining center features a direct-drive C- axis rotary table and swivel head/rotary table design with a flush, embedded rotary table that offers a larger work cube.
Patent-pending 330° swivel allows one-handed operation.

In science:

It is suggested that in vivo the DNA polymerase enzyme that promotes replication (by creating loops of single stranded DNA by opening the double stranded DNA) has sufficient rigidity not to allow the new loops to swivel and become entangled.