A DJ pivoting a record to make music.
- The definition of a pivot is a central point around which something turns.
The center axle on your car tire around which the wheel turns is an example of the pivot.
- To pivot is to turn or spin around a center point.
When you spin on your heels, this is an example of a time when you pivot.
- a point, shaft, pin, etc. on which something turns
- a person or thing on or around which something turns or depends, etc.; central point
- a pivoting movement
Origin of pivotFr, probably akin to Provençal pua, tooth of a comb
- A short rod or shaft on which a related part rotates or swings.
- A person or thing on which something depends; the central or crucial factor: “The pivot of the whole affair was the stupidity of some admiral” ( Joseph Conrad )
- The act of turning on a pivot.
- a. A person around which a formation of marching people turns.b. Sports A player who plays at the center of the offense.
- Basketball a. A position taken by an offensive player usually facing away from the basket near the foul line to relay passes, attempt a shot, or set screens.b. The stationary foot around which the ball handler is allowed to pivot without dribbling.
verbpiv·ot·ed, piv·ot·ing, piv·ots
- To mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.
- To cause to rotate, revolve, or turn: pivoted the telescope toward the island.
- To turn on a pivot.
- To depend or be centered: “The plot … lacks direction, pivoting on Hamlet's incertitude” ( G. Wilson Knight )
Origin of pivotFrench from Old French perhaps akin to Catalan piu pivot perhaps from piu chirp ( from the creaking sounds made by something turning on a pivot )
- A thing on which something turns; specifically a metal pointed pin or short shaft in machinery, such as the end of an axle or spindle.
- Something or someone having a paramount significance in a certain situation.
- Act of turning on one foot.
- (military) The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place while the company or line moves around him in wheeling.
- (roller derby) A player in with responsibility for co-ordinating their team in a particular jam.
- (computing) An element of a set to be sorted that is chosen as a midpoint, so as to divide the other elements into two groups to be dealt with recursively.
(third-person singular simple present pivots, present participle pivoting, simple past and past participle pivoted)
- (intransitive) To turn on an exact spot.