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swivel chair

a chair whose seat turns around horizontally on a swivel.
Origin of swivel chair
1850-55, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • They use the study in the mornings, and Mr. Aix sits in Georges swivel-chair, and Mother takes the floor in front of him.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • Maida sat in her swivel-chair and wistfully watched the scene in the court.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • "Come over here," already seated at his desk, on his swivel-chair, he motioned me to a seat.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • Arms on the back of her swivel-chair, one knee in the seat she twisted slowly about.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • Lincoln was stretched out at full length, his body in a swivel-chair, his long legs on the sill of the open window.

    Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout Alfred Bishop Mason
  • He turned in his swivel-chair deliberately, as though he was now ready to settle everything permanently.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • Mr. Myers swung on his swivel-chair, squinted his eyes further back into his head, and nodded further appraisal and approval.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • He whirled his swivel-chair and sat there at his desk, his rectangular front squared to meet them.

    The Landloper Holman Day
  • Instead of answering me, he swung about in the swivel-chair so that he more directly faced the window.

    The Prairie Mother Arthur Stringer
  • He lay back at ease in his swivel-chair and considered, looking at her with unfeigned pleasure.

    The Runaway Skyscraper Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for swivel-chair

swivel chair

a chair, the seat of which is joined to the legs by a swivel and which thus may be spun round
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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