- a pin, point, or short shaft on the end of which something rests and turns, or upon and about which something rotates or oscillates.
- the end of a shaft or arbor, resting and turning in a bearing.
- any thing or person on which something or someone functions or depends vitally: He is the pivot of my life.
- the person in a line, as of troops on parade, whom the others use as a point about which to wheel or maneuver.
- a whirling about on one foot.
- Basketball. the act of keeping one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction, so as not to be charged with walking.
- an offensive position in the front court, usually played by the center, in which the player stands facing away from the offensive basket and serves as the pivot of the offense by setting up plays through passing, making screens, and taking shots.
- Also called pivotman.the player who plays in the pivot position.
- Dentistry. (formerly) dowel(def 4).
- 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.
- to mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.
Origin of pivot
Related Wordsfulcrum, whirl, swivel, rotate, depend, veer, twirl, shaft, center, hub, heart, hinge, axle, spindle, kingpin, wheel, sheer, hang, rely, turn
Examples from the Web for pivot
As long as Democrats don't mention the clunky word "infrastructure" too much, they should pivot hard to jobs.The Only Way for Democrats to Win
October 24, 2014
Once, a center was called a “pivot man,” with good and clear reason.Shaq, Year One
Charles P. Pierce
May 24, 2014
Paul has generated positive headlines with a pivot away from party orthodoxy in recent months.Did the RNC Just Set the Table for Rand Paul?
May 14, 2014
That pivot lasted a single day, until December 8, when Germany declared war on America.
In the intervening months, this Asia pivot has been greeted with increasing skepticism, and for good reason.
The trussed-up pair started at once to pivot around on the floor.Slaves of Mercury
In a word, the children—they are the pivot about which all regulations of marriage should turn.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
But that is the pivot of the whole business, and the important point yet to be proved!A Nest of Spies
Solder is flowed around the pivot to hold it securely in place.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
At all events, he made it the pivot of all reasonings with me.Sir Jasper Carew
Charles James Lever
- 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
- (tr) to mount on or provide with a pivot or pivots
- (intr) to turn on or as if on a pivot
Word Origin and History for pivot
1610s, from French pivot, from Old French pivot "hinge pin, pivot" (12c.), also "penis," of uncertain origin. Figurative sense of "central point" is recorded from 1813.
by 1841, from French pivoter and from pivot (n). Related: Pivoted; pivoting.