pivot

[ piv-uh t ]
/ ˈpɪv ət /

noun

verb (used without object)

to turn on or as on a pivot.
Basketball. to keep one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction.

verb (used with object)

to mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.

Origin of pivot

1605–15; < French pivot (noun), pivoter (v.), Old French < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for pivot

pivot

/ (ˈpɪvət) /

noun

a short shaft or pin supporting something that turns; fulcrum
the end of a shaft or arbor that terminates in a bearing
a person or thing upon which progress, success, etc, depends
the person or position from which a military formation takes its reference, as when altering position

verb

(tr) to mount on or provide with a pivot or pivots
(intr) to turn on or as if on a pivot

Word Origin for pivot

C17: from Old French; perhaps related to Old Provençal pua tooth of a comb
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