Pivot

Definition of Pivot

Piv´ot
n.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 enterprise.
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 axis.
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.
v. t.1.To place on a pivot.
[imp. & p. p. Pivoted; p. pr. & vb. n. Pivoting.]

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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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