- 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 Words for pivotedwhirl, 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
The last time America pivoted to Asia was on December 7, 1941, when Japan attacked the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.Is Obama’s Asia Pivot More Than Talk?
April 26, 2014
Gogglebox, which is an hour-long, is pivoted on the newsiest British television of the week, and edited right up to broadcast.Watching Us, Watching Them: On ‘The People’s Couch’
March 20, 2014
She pivoted to slam the "lame stream media," hitting the "sock puppets" on "MS-LSD" for their biased coverage.Sarah Palin Rewrites Dr. Seuss
March 9, 2014
She did acknowledge that, um, Obama won the election in November, but then pivoted to a lame teleprompter joke.Sarah Palin Plays CPAC for Laughs
March 16, 2013
Paul pivoted off his filibuster by reprising its theme: “My question was whether presidential power has limits.”Marco Rubio Wows CPAC
March 14, 2013
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.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
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.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
- 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
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.