pivot

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1piv·ot

noun \ˈpi-vət\

: a pin or shaft on which a mechanical part turns

: the action of turning around a point : the action of pivoting

: a person or thing that is central or important to someone or something else

Full Definition of PIVOT

1
:  a shaft or pin on which something turns
2
a :  a person, thing, or factor having a major or central role, function, or effect
b :  a key player or position; specifically :  an offensive position of a basketball player standing usually with back to the basket to relay passes, shoot, or provide a screen for teammates
3
:  the action of pivoting; especially :  the action in basketball of stepping with one foot while keeping the other foot at its point of contact with the floor

Examples of PIVOT

  1. <an issue that is the real pivot of the controversy>

Origin of PIVOT

French
First Known Use: 1611

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms

centrifuge, differential, flange, lathe, linchpin, pinion, plenum, ratchet, traction

Rhymes with PIVOT

2pivot

adjective

Definition of PIVOT

1
:  turning on or as if on a pivot
2
:  pivotal

First Known Use of PIVOT

1796

Rhymes with PIVOT

3pivot

verb

: to turn on or around a central point

Full Definition of PIVOT

intransitive verb
:  to turn on or as if on a pivot
transitive verb
1
:  to provide with, mount on, or attach by a pivot
2
:  to cause to pivot
pivot·able \-və-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of PIVOT

  1. The dancers pivoted on their toes and changed direction.
  2. The door hinge pivots around the pin.
  3. The quarterback pivoted and threw the ball to the running back.

First Known Use of PIVOT

1841

piv·ot

noun \ˈpiv-ət\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PIVOT

: a usually metallic pin holding an artificial crown to the root of a tooth

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