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pivot

noun piv·ot \ ˈpi-vət \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

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 in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of pivot

French

Other Mechanical Engineering Terms


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pivot

adjective

Definition of pivot

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

First Known Use of pivot

1796


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pivot

verb

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

pivotable

play \ˈpi-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.

Recent Examples of pivot from the Web

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First Known Use of pivot

1841

pivot Synonyms



PIVOT Defined for English Language Learners

pivot

noun

Definition of pivot for English Language Learners

  • : 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


pivot

verb

Definition of pivot for English Language Learners

  • : to turn on or around a central point


PIVOT Defined for Kids

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pivot

noun piv·ot \ ˈpi-vət \

Definition of pivot for Students

1 : a shaft or pin with a pointed end on which something turns
2 : the action or an instance of turning around on a point

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pivot

verb

Definition of pivot for Students

pivoted; pivoting
: to turn on or as if on a pivot : turn around on a central point
  • pivot on one foot

Medical Dictionary

pivot

noun piv·ot \ ˈpiv-ət \

medical Definition of pivot

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


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