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pivot

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noun piv·ot \ˈpi-vət\

Simple Definition of pivot

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pivot

  1. 1 :  a shaft or pin on which something turns

  2. 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. 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 in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of pivot

French


First Known Use: 1611

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


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pivot

adjective piv·ot

Definition of pivot

  1. 1 :  turning on or as if on a pivot

  2. 2 :  pivotal



1796

First Known Use of pivot

1796


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pivot

verb piv·ot

Simple Definition of pivot

  • : to turn on or around a central point

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pivot

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to turn on or as if on a pivot

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to provide with, mount on, or attach by a pivot

  5. 2 :  to cause to pivot

pivotable

play \-və-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of pivot in a sentence

  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.



1841

First Known Use of pivot

1841



PIVOT Defined for Kids

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pivot

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noun piv·ot \ˈpi-vət\

Definition of pivot for Students

  1. 1 :  a shaft or pin with a pointed end on which something turns

  2. 2 :  the action or an instance of turning around on a point




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pivot

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verb piv·ot

Definition of pivot for Students

pivoted

pivoting

  1. :  to turn on or as if on a pivot :  turn around on a central point <pivot on one foot>




Medical Dictionary

pivot

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noun piv·ot \ˈpiv-ət\

Medical Definition of pivot

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





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