Definition of pivot in US English:

pivot

nounPlural pivots

  • 1The central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates.

    • ‘The pair at the rear of the pivot joint immediately underneath the crane base is the most used.’
    • ‘By rotating the dial, the pivot point or the fulcrum of the brake lever moves in and out.’
    • ‘Perhaps the multiplicity of pivot pins is what makes Art the immeasurable, great?’
    • ‘An additional bronze bushing is used between the ram and its pivot pin.’
    • ‘They increased the horsepower on their pivots and corrected the problem.’
    • ‘The pivot mechanism is substantial, with no loss of stability when the LCD panel is vertical.’
    • ‘A variation on heel-drag spinouts is to use your brake-pad as the pivot.’
    • ‘Along the guardrail, a hundred ballistaes lay ready to load and fire, each set on a pivot and swivel.’
    • ‘Ramer eliminated a huge amount of weight by combining the release mechanism with the toe pivot.’
    • ‘Note bearing kit price is different for frames with single or triple pivot points.’
    • ‘Adjust the seat so that the small of your back rests flush against it and your knees are in line with the pivot point of the pulley.’
    • ‘The plotting board is set up with the base gun representing the pivot point.’
    • ‘The trees hid the pivot points, while the bushes hid the gate itself.’
    • ‘The pivot mechanism, in conjunction with a very stable Y-shaped base, provides stability without wiggling even when rotated.’
    • ‘It was one of those shops with front shutters that rotated on a central pivot.’
    • ‘The weight of the rod is somewhat balance by the additional handle behind the pivot point near the reel.’
    • ‘Find the central pivot point and bring it front and center on the phone, on TV on the stump, and at the door.’
    • ‘The insert requires minimal preventive-maintenance grease at its pivot points and axles.’
    • ‘You will see in this drawing there is a pivot and lug mechanism.’
    • ‘The closer the central pivot point is to the cam, the wider the valve opening.’
    central shaft, fulcrum, axis, axle, swivel, pin, hub, spindle, hinge, pintle, kingpin, gudgeon, trunnion
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    1. 1.1usually in singular A person or thing that plays a central part in an activity or organization.
      ‘the pivot of community life was the chapel’
      • ‘He wavered, his reason rocking on the pivot of his conviction.’
      • ‘… In many ways, it is the pivot on which J.K. Rowling's entire tale revolves; the fabric from which the next tale will be woven.’
      • ‘Now we all realise exactly how much she meant to us all, a solid pivot of family and cheer.’
      • ‘Pivot joints allow a rotating or twisting motion, like that of the head moving from side to side.’
      • ‘Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, was a crucial pivot of U.S. policy from the 1970s forward.’
      • ‘Interesting facts on the turning pivot of the war - few generals in history had the luck of General George B. McClellan.’
      • ‘These events would seem rather good evidence for the proposition that the Palestinian issue is only one of several important concerns in Middle East politics, not the pivot on which all regional events turn.’
      • ‘The pivot of this change was the Enlightenment, a time when the rational took ascendance over the mystical.’
      • ‘Washington-based realists tend to see the U.S. as the pivot of the future.’
      • ‘Later one of Lee's officers would write that ‘the loss of this battle order constitutes one of the pivots on which turned the events of the war’.’
      • ‘This is the very pivot of Bush's foreign policy.’
      • ‘In fact, the lack of effective and efficient modern justice systems appears to be the pivot on which most Black African problems revolves.’
      • ‘Mutual trust is the pivot on which the institution rests, he affirms.’
      • ‘It may also be the pivot of a terrible 10 years for South Africa.’
      • ‘Sirk, to his everlasting credit, steers her clear of self-parody by making her the pivot of the story.’
      • ‘For the U.S., Okinawa is the pivot of its East Asian military presence.’
      • ‘Germany used to be the pivot of the European economy.’
      • ‘No - she had been the pivot of it all, the centre, the core.’
      • ‘It is implicitly, and has been historically, the strategic pivot of the world.’
      • ‘The pivot of this arc of instability is the new state of Timor Leste.’
      centre, focal point, focus, central point, hub, heart, nucleus, raison d'être, crux, keystone, cornerstone, linchpin, kingpin
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    2. 1.2 The person or people about whom a body of troops wheels.
    3. 1.3North American A player in a central position in a team sport.
      • ‘Among an ever-improving crop of pivotmen, Duncan is still the most dependable and fundamentally sound.’
      • ‘The Caps' other centers - Trevor Linden, Andrei Nikolishin and Trent Whitfield - are decent pivots but not premier playmakers.’
      • ‘If Wallace is frequently overpowered by some of the league's more gargantuan pivotmen, guarding Jermaine O'Neal is Big Ben's chance to push around someone else.’
      • ‘So maybe we're only short one dominant center, and not missing a league full of quality pivots.’
      • ‘But he always had a Gretzky or a Mario Lemieux or a Mark Messier ahead of him in the pantheon of NHL pivotmen.’
      • ‘Until injuries abruptly curtailed his career, Willis Reed was a strong, mobile center who could handle brutes like Chamberlain as well as quicker pivotmen.’
      • ‘Let's start with the pivotmen currently training with the Yankees down in Tampa.’
      • ‘Miller obviously is a top-drawer pivotman, but he's broken down toward the end of each of his NBA campaigns save for a truncated rookie year.’
      • ‘All year, Austin just kept on thumping on the nation's primest pivots, with minimum offensive support and always with a smile.’
      • ‘Seattle had just acquired future Hall-of-Famer Patrick Ewing, one of the best pivots in the history of the game.’
      • ‘Colin Clarke was a pivot of real class, becoming more influential as the game evolved.’
      • ‘But the next wave of pivotmen won't all run the floor and stroke perimeter jumpers.’
      • ‘Kendrick Perkins is already a solid pivotman, so Ainge likely won't trade him.’
    4. 1.4Basketball A movement in which the player holding the ball may move in any direction with one foot, while keeping the other (the pivot foot) in contact with the floor.
      • ‘Once you receive the ball the question is often asked by many coaches how and or what pivot foot should you use.’
      • ‘Put the ball down hard on the floor, before you pick up your pivot foot.’
      • ‘The rear foot becomes the pivot foot, so don't move it if you stop dribbling.’
      • ‘As the pivot player makes contact with the floor, he pivots toward the basket, holding the ball high over his head.’
      • ‘Dunc is one of the few players in the NBA with a significant go-to move; his inside pivot into the rocker step position off the glass is deadly from 12 to 15 feet.’

verbpivoted, pivoting, pivots

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  • 1Turn on or as if on a pivot.

    ‘he swung around, pivoting on his heel’
    ‘the sail pivots around the axis of a virtually static mast’
    • ‘At that, Caleb quickly pivoted to fully face him.’
    • ‘But the Knight pivoted smoothly and his foot lashed out in a sideways kick.’
    • ‘Without warning, Madeline pivoted around to face him.’
    • ‘To pivot to the left, you press down on your right big toe.’
    • ‘I raised my foot, took a step forward, then pivoted round on it.’
    • ‘At the line of scrimmage, he pivots to his left and faces Garcia.’
    • ‘As usual, every head in the room pivoted in his direction and every eye rested upon him.’
    • ‘He quickly pivoted on his heel and began walking back the way he had come, pacing the room.’
    • ‘He pivoted on his foot and looked to where she was heading now.’
    • ‘Jordan got up, and Bo immediately pivoted to face out to the view.’
    • ‘The teacher pivoted around on her heels and hatred contorted her expression.’
    • ‘They can be raised and lowered, rotated and pivoted for the optimal working angle along their 1,575-ft.’
    • ‘I was ready, I pivoted quickly, poised for an attack.’
    • ‘He slowly pivoted in place, looked up, and fell short of breath.’
    • ‘He pivoted his hip, using his momentum to slam the large man on his back.’
    • ‘The demon turned with me, pivoting smoothly on his feet, his eyes never straying from mine.’
    • ‘In this cavity is a series of vertically pivoting and sliding panels that are 18 percent perforated.’
    • ‘Alex slowly pivoted on her heel, shocked and more than a little confused.’
    • ‘He deliberately pivoted in his swivel chair, as if thinking.’
    • ‘The ladder portion of my stand twisted and the seat pivoted downward to the left.’
    rotate, turn, revolve, spin, swivel, twirl, whirl, wheel, oscillate
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    1. 1.1with object Provide (a mechanism) with a pivot; fix (a mechanism) on a pivot.
      • ‘You can see the gears that turned to pivot the enormous centre section of the bridge into the air, allowing riverboats to pass underneath.’
      • ‘The fourth pushchair was bought a few weeks after the third pushchair after we realised that we'd bought the first one without checking the front wheels were pivoted.’
      • ‘A pointer, called an alidade, was pivoted at the centre of the disk.’
      • ‘When wall-mounted, an optional mounting bracket pivots the handgun out before the door drops down to present the holster-mounted firearm.’
      • ‘The secret was that both sets of wheels are pivoted in the Fairlie principle.’
    2. 1.2pivot on Depend on.
      ‘your escape pivots on my disappearing with you’
      • ‘The songs pivot on morphing bass lines rather than catchy samples.’
      • ‘Unlike affordability, which mostly pivots on interest rates and household income, appreciation is influenced much more by supply and demand and represents the return on your investment.’
      • ‘Brian, the whole country is pivoting on what you might call a needle of suspense.’
      • ‘There is time yet to revive this Premierleague campaign, but Rangers' Champions League involvement will pivot on the outcome of the next two games.’
      • ‘It pivots on two domains of consciousness that appear to dominate displacement - memory and alienation.’
      • ‘They pivot on a dozen hardened players, but the fringe does not match.’
      • ‘A regime that pivoted on paranoia slowly consumed itself.’
      • ‘Okay, he drove a silly sports car and wore Prada trainers, but we had a proper conversation, pivoting on a number of diverse subjects, ranging from the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day to contemporary British theatre.’
      • ‘It pivoted on two penalties in the last minute of the first half.’
      • ‘The plot pivots on an incident from Mickey's old days on the force, when a young WPC, Roberta Peel, asked him to lose some evidence to keep a community activist's son out of trouble.’
      • ‘But presidential nominations can pivot on such accidents of timing.’
      • ‘No strategist in either party can predict with authority whether the election will pivot on the economy, foreign policy or a yet unknown factor.’
      • ‘Any discussion between Ottawa and the provinces predictably pivots on the issue of funding which level of government should pay for what and how much.’
      • ‘Altogether, the president's phrase and the media's speculation played out as a kind of orchestrated duet pivoting on ambiguity.’
      • ‘Bang Edutainment's whole ethos pivots on the principle of ‘using entertainment to educate people’.’
      • ‘Yes, the 2000 primary debates between Al Gore and Bill Bradley pivoted on the fine print in their rival health-care plans.’
      • ‘The spirited debate about online education pivots on the technological achievements of the past decade.’
      • ‘This spectatorship, however - both Scottie's and the audience's - pivots on its dual nature: the act of looking is itself both active and passive at the same time.’
      • ‘This has to be understood; her story pivots on this point.’
      • ‘It pivots on the mutual affirmation of each other as churches belonging to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.’
      depend, hinge, turn, centre, hang, rely, rest, be contingent
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Origin

Late Middle English: from French, probably from the root of dialect pue ‘tooth of a comb’ and Spanish pu(y)a ‘point’. The verb dates from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

pivot

/ˈpivət//ˈpɪvət/