AskDefine | Define pivot

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



pivot, probably connected with Italian pivolo, "peg, pin", diminutive of piva, pipa, "pipe".




  1. A things on which something turns; specifically a metal pointed pin or short shaft in machinery, such as the end of an axle or spindle.
  2. Act of turning on one foot.

Related terms


pivot is that on which something turns
act of turning on one foot


  1. To turn on an exact spot.


Extensive Definition

Pivot may refer to:
In mathematics: In computing: In linguistics:
  • Syntactic pivot, the argument of the verb around which the sentence "revolves"
  • A pivot language is an artificial or natural language used as an intermediary language for translation.
In sport: In music:
pivot in Czech: Pivot
pivot in German: Pivot
pivot in French: Pivot
pivot in Italian: Pivot
pivot in Portuguese: Pivot

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

ankle, arbor, articulation, avert, axis, axle, axle bar, axle shaft, axle spindle, axle-tree, bearing, bench mark, boundary, butt, cardinal point, center, center of action, center of gravity, centroid, centrum, cervix, chief thing, circle, circulate, circumrotate, circumvolute, climax, clinch, closure, come about, connecting link, connecting rod, connection, core, cornerstone, coupling, crank, crisis, critical point, crux, dead center, deflect, depend, distaff, divert, dovetail, elbow, embrace, epicenter, essence, essential, essential matter, fetch about, focal point, fulcrum, fundamental, gimbal, gist, gliding joint, go about, go around, go round, gravamen, great point, gudgeon, gyrate, gyre, hang, heart, heel, high point, hinge, hinged joint, hingle, hip, hub, important thing, interface, issue, join, joining, joint, juncture, kernel, keystone, kingpin, knee, knuckle, landmark, link, main point, main thing, mandrel, marrow, material point, meat, medulla, metacenter, middle, milestone, miter, mortise, nave, navel, neck, nub, nucleus, oarlock, omphalos, pin, pintle, pirouette, pith, pivot about, pivot joint, pole, put about, rabbet, radiant, real issue, rely, rest, resting point, revolve, rotate, round, rowlock, salient point, scarf, screw, seam, sheer, shoulder, sine qua non, spin, spindle, stitch, storm center, substance, substantive point, suture, swing, swing round, swivel, symphysis, the bottom line, the point, thole, tholepin, tie rod, toggle, toggle joint, trunnion, turn, turn a pirouette, turn about, turn around, turn round, turn tail, turning point, twirl, twist, umbilicus, union, veer, veer around, volte-face, wamble, weld, wheel, wheel about, whip, whirl, wind, wrist
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