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the central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates. [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 the person or people about whom a body of troops wheels. (also pivotman)
chiefly North American a player in a central position in a team sport.
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.
verb (pivots, pivoting, pivoted) [no object]
turn 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 [with object] provide (a mechanism) with a pivot; fix (a mechanism) on a pivot: (as adjective pivoted)a pivoted bracket
) depend on:your escape pivots on my disappearing with you