Definitions for Pivotˈpɪv ət

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

piv•otˈpɪv ət(n.)

  1. a pin, point, or short shaft on the end of which something rests and turns, or upon and around which something rotates or oscillates.

    Category: Machinery

  2. the end of a shaft or arbor, resting and turning in a bearing.

    Category: Machinery

  3. a person or thing on which something turns, hinges, or depends:

    She was the pivot of the campaign's success.

  4. the person in a line, as of troops on parade, whom the others use as a point around which to wheel or maneuver.

  5. a whirling around on one foot.

  6. Basketball. an offensive position in the front court, usu. played by the center, in which the player stands facing away from the offensive basket. the player who plays in this position.

    Category: Football, Baseball, and Basketball, Sport

  7. (v.i.)to turn on or as if on a pivot.

  8. (v.t.)to mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.

Origin of pivot:

1605–15; < F pivot (n.), pivoter (v.), OF

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pivot, pivot man(noun)

    the person in a rank around whom the others wheel and maneuver

  2. pivot, pin(noun)

    axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns

  3. pivot(verb)

    the act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot

    "the golfer went to the driving range to practice his pivot"

  4. pivot, swivel(verb)

    turn on a pivot


  1. pivot(Noun)

    A thing on which something turns; specifically a metal pointed pin or short shaft in machinery, such as the end of an axle or spindle.

  2. pivot(Noun)

    Something or someone having a paramount significance in a certain situation.

  3. pivot(Noun)

    Act of turning on one foot.

  4. pivot(Noun)

    A player in with responsibility for co-ordinating their team in a particular jam.

  5. pivot(Verb)

    To turn on an exact spot.

  6. Origin: pivot, probably connected with Italian pivolo, "peg, pin", diminutive of piva, pipa, "pipe".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pivot(noun)

    a fixed pin or short axis, on the end of which a wheel or other body turns

  2. Pivot(noun)

    the end of a shaft or arbor which rests and turns in a support; as, the pivot of an arbor in a watch

  3. Pivot(noun)

    hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on which important results depend; as, the pivot of an enterprise

  4. Pivot(noun)

    the officer or soldier who simply turns in his place whike the company or line moves around him in wheeling; -- called also pivot man

  5. Pivot(verb)

    to place on a pivot


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the pin or centre on which anything balances and turns.

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