Definition of pivot in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpivət/


1The central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates.
Example sentences
  • The insert requires minimal preventive-maintenance grease at its pivot points and axles.
  • By rotating the dial, the pivot point or the fulcrum of the brake lever moves in and out.
  • You will see in this drawing there is a pivot and lug mechanism.
fulcrum, axis, axle, swivel;
pin, shaft, hub, spindle, hinge, kingpin, gudgeon
1.1 [usually in singular] A person or thing that plays a central part in an activity or organization: the pivot of community life was the chapel
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  • No - she had been the pivot of it all, the centre, the core.
  • Saudi Arabia, an absolute monarchy, was a crucial pivot of U.S. policy from the 1970s forward.
  • For the U.S., Okinawa is the pivot of its East Asian military presence.
center, focus, hub, heart, nucleus, crux, keystone, cornerstone, linchpin, kingpin
1.2The person or people about whom a body of troops wheels.
1.3 (also pivotman) chiefly North American A player in a central position in a team sport.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Until injuries abruptly curtailed his career, Willis Reed was a strong, mobile center who could handle brutes like Chamberlain as well as quicker pivotmen.
  • Among an ever-improving crop of pivotmen, Duncan is still the most dependable and fundamentally sound.
1.4 Basketball 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.
Example sentences
  • As the pivot player makes contact with the floor, he pivots toward the basket, holding the ball high over his head.
  • 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.

verb (pivots, pivoting, pivoted)

[no object]
1Turn on or as if on a pivot: the sail pivots around the axis of a virtually static mast he swung around, pivoting on his heel
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  • He deliberately pivoted in his swivel chair, as if thinking.
  • They can be raised and lowered, rotated and pivoted for the optimal working angle along their 1,575-ft.
  • The teacher pivoted around on her heels and hatred contorted her expression.
rotate, turn, swivel, revolve, spin
1.1 [with object] Provide (a mechanism) with a pivot; fix (a mechanism) on a pivot: (as adjective pivoted) a pivoted bracket
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  • 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.
  • The secret was that both sets of wheels are pivoted in the Fairlie principle.
  • When wall-mounted, an optional mounting bracket pivots the handgun out before the door drops down to present the holster-mounted firearm.
1.2 (pivot on) Depend on: your escape pivots on my disappearing with you
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, center, hang, rely, rest;
revolve around



Pronunciation: /ˌpivətəˈbilitē/
Example sentences
  • For increasing the pivotability without weakening the chain, the front edge of the middle hinge part is maintained at full width.


Example sentences
  • The pivotable screen is tailor-made for showing other people what you've done while you sit at the keyboard.
  • A cutting apparatus having a pivotable blade holder includes a blade housing with an internal blade cavity with a blade opening to the outside of the housing.
  • This case has a top cover assembly, a bottom cover assembly, both of which are pivotable around a longitudinal axis forming a hinge assembly.


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.

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Syllabification: piv·ot

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