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English Dictionary: pivot by the DICT Development Group
3 results for pivot
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
pivot
n
  1. the person in a rank around whom the others wheel and maneuver
    Synonym(s): pivot, pivot man
  2. axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns
    Synonym(s): pivot, 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
  1. turn on a pivot
    Synonym(s): pivot, swivel
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pivot \Piv"ot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pivoted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Pivoting}.]
      To place on a pivot. --Clarke.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Pivot \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
            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.
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