- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of pivot
Related Words for pivotfulcrum, 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
Contemporary Examples of 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.
Historical Examples of pivot
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
Word Origin 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.