Definitions for: Swivel


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


Swiv"el, v. i.
To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.

Synonyms: pivot

See Also: coupler, coupling, pirouette, turn

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