from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short rod or shaft on which a related part rotates or swings.
- n. A person or thing on which something depends or turns; the central or crucial factor.
- n. The act of turning on or as if on a pivot.
- n. Basketball 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.
- n. Basketball The stationary foot around which the ball handler is allowed to pivot without dribbling.
- transitive v. To mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.
- transitive v. To cause to rotate, revolve, or turn.
- intransitive v. To turn on or as if on a pivot: "The plot . . . lacks direction, pivoting on Hamlet's incertitude” ( G. Wilson Knight).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. Something or someone having a paramount significance in a certain situation.
- n. Act of turning on one foot.
- n. A player in with responsibility for co-ordinating their team in a particular jam.
- v. To turn on an exact spot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fixed pin or short axis, on the end of which a wheel or other body turns.
- n. The end of a shaft or arbor which rests and turns in a support.
- n. Hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on which important results depend.
- n. The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place whike the company or line moves around him in wheeling; -- called also pivot man.
- transitive v. To place on a pivot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pin on which a wheel or other object turns.
- n. Milit., the officer or soldier upon whom a line of troops wheels.
- n. Figuratively, that on which some matter or result hinges or depends; a turning-point.
- To place on a pivot; furnish with a pivot.
- To turn or swing on a pivot, or as on a pivot: hinge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot
- n. the person in a rank around whom the others wheel and maneuver
- n. axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns
- v. turn on a pivot
French, from Old French.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French pivot, probably connected with Italian pivolo, "peg, pin", diminutive of piva, pipa, "pipe". (Wiktionary)