• IPA: /ˈswɪvəl/

swivel (plural swivels)

  1. (mechanical) 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. (military) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; called also swivel gun.
  3. (slang) Strength of mind or character that enables one to overcome adversity; confidence; force of will.
    Bob ain't got no swivel.
  4. (dance) A rotating of the hips.
  • French: émerillon
  • German: Wirbel
  • Portuguese: elo giratório
  • Russian: вертлю́г
  • Spanish: eslabón giratorio

swivel (swivels, present participle swiveling; past and past participle swiveled)

  1. (intransitive) To swing or turn, as on a pin or pivot.
    • 2013, Delme Parfitt in Wales Online, Cardiff City 1 - 0 Swansea City: Steven Caulker heads Bluebirds to South Wales derby win (3 November 2013)
      As expected, Swansea began the game with some patient passing and the first chance fell to striker Michu in the fourth minute when he controlled a cross by Jonjo Shelvey and swivelled in the penalty box, only to fire over the bar.

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