What does pivot mean?

Definitions for pivot
ˈpɪv ətpiv·ot

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pivot.

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

  6. Origin: [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

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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. Betsy Hodges:

    It is time to pivot to a moment of working together.

  2. Timothy Naftali:

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

  3. Donald Trump:

    That was a great pivot off the fact that she wants open borders.

  4. Andrew Yao:

    I don't see a pivot to a police state where they can come arrest us.

  5. Steve Rusche:

    The pivot point was when things started to come out of Washington about the metal tariffs.

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Translations for pivot

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • pivotarCatalan, Valencian
  • Drehpunkt, drehen, AngelpunktGerman
  • telg, pöörlemaEstonian
  • tappi, kääntyäFinnish
  • pivotement, pivot, pivoterFrench
  • צירHebrew
  • प्रधान आधारHindi
  • առանցքArmenian
  • porosIndonesian
  • imperniare, pernoItalian
  • molemLatin
  • kauhuri, kauroriMāori
  • стожерMacedonian
  • pivotare, pivotări, pivotRomanian
  • [[гла́вный]] [[пункт]], враща́ться, штырь, сте́ржень, [[центр]] [[вращение, ось, верте́ться, [[ключево́й]] [[моме́нт]], [[верте́ться]]/[[враща́ться]] [[вокру́г]] [[свойRussian
  • osovina, stožerSerbo-Croatian
  • kärnpunkt, vändpunkt, vridning, svängtapp, medelpunkt, vändningSwedish
  • หมุนThai
  • Chinese

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