Definition of "pivot" []

  • A short rod or shaft on which a related part rotates or swings. (noun)
  • A person or thing on which something depends or turns; the central or crucial factor. (noun)
  • The act of turning on or as if on a pivot. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • Basketball The stationary foot around which the ball handler is allowed to pivot without dribbling. (noun)
  • A short shaft or pin supporting something that turns; fulcrum (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The end of a shaft or arbor that terminates in a bearing (noun)
  • A person or thing upon which progress, success, etc, depends (noun)
  • The person or position from which a military formation takes its reference, as when altering position (noun)
  • To mount on or provide with a pivot or pivots (verb)
  • To turn on or as if on a pivot (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "pivot" in a sentence
  • "Morrissey also notes that this is the second time official white house communications have used the term pivot"
  • "The word "pivot" is often batted around in Silicon Valley circles to indicate a change in direction or business model for a company."
  • "He spoke with pride of accomplishing what he called a "pivot" from the policies of George W. Bush."