- (formerly) the attaching of an artificial crown to the root of a tooth with a metal dowel.
Origin of pivoting
- 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 pivoting
Pivoting on his heels, he casually strolled out toward a nearby walled courtyard.Inside a Hospital for the Criminally Insane
September 15, 2014
The U.S. military spent decades pivoting away from its Cold War stance.The Pentagon Isn’t Ready for a New Cold War
March 20, 2014
But pivoting from “Hope and Change” to “It Could Have Been Worse” is somewhere between insufficient and sad.Obama Needs a Second-Term Agenda in His Democratic Convention Speech
September 6, 2012
The Romney campaign appears on the verge of pivoting and re-embracing the candidate's most important achievement as governor.Universal Healthcare: A Conservative Reform
August 8, 2012
Gingrich seemed slightly flustered, pivoting back to the poor grandmothers.Newt Gingrich Swings at Mitt Romney and Misses in CNN Florida Debate
January 27, 2012
In pivoting cylinders there is some danger of breaking them.A Treatise on Staff Making and Pivoting
Eugene E. Hall
The skipper's eye is on the mainsail, which is the point of pivoting.All Afloat
So quick was his pivoting motion that Casey was almost unseated.Desert Conquest
A. M. Chisholm
My boat is awash, pivoting to and fro on the grips of the front "limbs."The Lost Kafoozalum
In pivoting the body, or showing attention, the eye always leads.Browning and the Dramatic Monologue
S. S. Curry
- 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 pivoting
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.