[piv-uh t]


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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Related Words for pivoted

whirl, swivel, rotate, depend, veer, twirl, wheel, sheer, hang, rely, hinge, turn, spin, whip, volte-face

Examples from the Web for pivoted

Contemporary Examples of pivoted

Historical Examples of pivoted

  • Round behind Teutoberg he pivoted—a wrestling trick he had learned as a boy.

    The Space Rover

    Edwin K. Sloat

  • This bar is also of copper or brass and is pivoted to the fingers.

  • She pivoted on her heel, hit the door, and her heels were clattering on the stairs.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • Slowly, he pivoted his chair, to look at the entertainment screen.

    Final Weapon

    Everett B. Cole

  • Next, the gooseneck of the truss, on which it pivoted, smashed away.

British Dictionary definitions for pivoted



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 for pivot

C17: from Old French; perhaps related to Old Provençal pua tooth of a comb
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Word Origin and History for pivoted



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.

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