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Pronunciation: /ˈpɪvət/

Translation of pivot in Spanish:


  • 1.1 [Technology/Tecnología] pivote (masculine)
    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.
    1.2 (of play, plot) eje (masculine) central the pivot of the play is the mother la madre es el eje central de la obra, la obra gira en torno al personaje de la madre
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 [Sport/Deporte] (American English/inglés norteamericano) (key player) jugador, clave; (in basketball) pívot (masculine and feminine)
    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.
    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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • [Mech] pivotarto pivot on sth/sb he pivoted on his heel giró sobre sus talones the whole organization pivots on one man la organización entera gira alrededor de un solo hombre

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • hacer* girar

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