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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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,  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Swivel  \Swiv"el\,  v.  i. 
  To  swing  or  turn,  as  on  a  pin  or  pivot. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  swivel 
  n  :  a  coupling  (as  in  a  chain)  that  has  one  end  that  turns  on  a 
  headed  pin 
  v  :  turn  on  a  pivot  [syn:  {pivot}] 




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