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Meaning of PIVOT

Pronunciation:  'pivut

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot; "the golfer went to the driving range to practice his pivot"
  2. [n]  axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns
  3. [n]  the person in a rank around whom the others wheel and maneuver
  4. [v]  turn on a pivot

PIVOT is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: pin, pivot man, swivel
 See Also: axis, axis of rotation, fulcrum, marcher, parader, pintle, pirouette, rotation, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Piv"ot\, n. [F.; prob. akin to It. piva pipe, F. pipe.
    See {Pipe}.]
    1. A fixed pin or short axis, on the end of which a wheel or
       other body turns.
    2. The end of a shaft or arbor which rests and turns in a
       support; as, the pivot of an arbor in a watch.
    3. Hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on
       which important results depend; as, the pivot of an
    4. (Mil.) The officer or soldier who simply turns in his
       place whike the company or line moves around him in
       wheeling; -- called also {pivot man}.
    {Pivot bridge}, a form of drawbridge in which one span,
       called the pivot span, turns about a central vertical
    {Pivot gun}, a gun mounted on a pivot or revolving carriage,
       so as to turn in any direction.
    {Pivot tooth} (Dentistry), an artificial crown attached to
       the root of a natural tooth by a pin or peg.
  2. \Piv"ot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pivoted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To place on a pivot. --Clarke.
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