swivellike, adj.
/swiv"euhl/, n., v., swiveled, swiveling or (esp. Brit.) swivelled, swivelling.
1. a fastening device that allows the thing fastened to turn around freely upon it, esp. to turn in a full circle.
2. 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.
3. a pivoted support allowing a gun to turn around in a horizontal plane.
4. a swivel gun.
5. a device attached to a loom and used as a shuttle to weave extra threads in the production of small figures, esp. dots.
6. to turn or pivot on or as if on a swivel: He swiveled his chair around.
7. to fasten by a swivel; furnish with a swivel.
8. to turn on or if as on a swivel.
[1275-1325; ME (n.), equiv. to swiv- (weak s. of OE swifan to revolve; c. ON svifa to turn) + -el instrumental suffix]

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  • Swivel — 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swivel — [swiv′əl] n. [ME swiuel < base of OE swifan, to revolve, turn: for IE base see SWIFT] a coupling device that allows free turning of the parts attached to it; specif., a chain link made in two parts, one piece fitting like a collar below the… …   English World dictionary

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