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ˈpɪv ətpiv·ot

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pivot, pivot mannoun

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

  2. pivot, pinnoun

    axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns

  3. pivotverb

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

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

  4. pivot, swivelverb

    turn on a pivot


  1. pivotnoun

    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. pivotnoun

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

  3. pivotnoun

    Act of turning on one foot.

  4. pivotnoun

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

  5. pivotverb

    To turn on an exact spot.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pivotnoun

    A pin on which any thing turns.

    Etymology: pivot, Fr.

    When a man dances on the rope, the body is a weight balanced on its feet, as upon two pivots. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.


  1. pivot

    A pivot is a strategic change or shift in direction made by a person, organization, or project to adapt to new circumstances, correct a problem, or take advantage of new opportunities. It involves altering existing plans, strategies, or approaches in order to achieve better outcomes or maintain relevance in a changing environment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pivotnoun

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

  2. Pivotnoun

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

  3. Pivotnoun

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

  4. Pivotnoun

    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. Pivotverb

    to place on a pivot

  6. Etymology: [F.; prob. akin to It. piva pipe, F. pipe. See Pipe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pivot

    piv′ut, n. the pin on which anything turns: the officer or soldier at the flank upon whom a company wheels: that on which anything depends or turns.—adj. Piv′otal, of the nature of a pivot: acting as a pivot.—n. Piv′ot-bridge, a form of swing-bridge moving on a vertical pivot.—adj. Piv′oted, furnished with a pivot or pivots.—ns. Piv′ot-gear′ing, a system of gearing permitting the driving-shaft to be swivelled so as to set the machine in any direction with relation to the power; Piv′ot-gun, a gun mounted on a pivot, so as to be able to turn in any direction; Piv′oting, the pivot-work in machines; Piv′ot-man, the soldier or officer who acts as a pivot (see Pivot). [Fr. dim. of It. piva, a pipe, a peg, a pin—Low L. pipa.]


  1. Pivot

    Pivot was created in order to streamline trade desk communication by enhancing electronic trading and enabling real-time dialogue between traders and their vast network.Pivot is an interenterprise network that leverages Wall Street 2.0 communication and collaboration capabilities to create revenue-generation tools for trading-related workflows within the capital markets arena. The Pivot Network helps turn conversations into ideas and ideas into transactions by integrating information, relationships and transactions into a single pivot point, giving customers the best information to base decisions.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pivot

    A cylinder of iron or other metal, that may turn easily in a socket. Also, in a column of troops, that flank by which the dressing and distance are regulated; in a line, that on which it wheels.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pivot

    That officer or soldier upon whom the company wheels.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pivot in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pivot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of pivot in a Sentence

  1. Sean King Park Strategies:

    Malaysia's kind of ‘whatever,’ but missing the Philippines hurts, as Manila’s been such a key cog in America's Asia pivot wheel,” says Sean King, senior vice president with the political consulting firm Park Strategies in New York and Taipei, Taiwan. “It’s a lost opportunity for sure.”

  2. Tim Miller:

    I spent my life learning how to protect others, about three years ago, I realized the same threats we experienced overseas are now here. And we needed to pivot and direct our efforts to help those in churches and non-profits.

  3. Tim Miller:

    About three years ago, I realized the same threats we experienced overseas are now here. And we needed to pivot and direct our efforts to help those in churches and non-profits.

  4. Philip Hammond:

    The pivot from demanding changes to the( Irish) backstop to demanding its total removal is a pivot from a tough negotiating stance to a wrecking one, the unelected people who pull the strings of this government know that this is a demand the EU can not, and will not, accede to.

  5. Timothy Naftali:

    The '70s are a pivot in how the U.S. deals with terrorism.

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