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Definitions of pivot

  1. To place or turn on a pivot; hinge. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To place on a pivot. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. To place on, or supply with, such a fixed pin or shaft. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To turn on, or as on, such a fixed pin. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. turn on a pivot Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot; "the golfer went to the driving range to practice his pivot" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. A fixed pin or short axis, on the end of which a wheel or other body turns. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on which important results depend; as, the pivot of an enterprise. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place whike the company or line moves around him in wheeling; - called also pivot man. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A fixed pin or short shaft on which anything turns. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. The pin on which anything turns: the officer or soldier at the flank on which a company wheels. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Pin on which anything turns. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A pin on which anything turns. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A point on which anything turns; the soldier at the flank upon whom a company wheels. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. The point of the pin or axle on which a wheel or body turns; the end of a shaft which rests and turns in a support; a turning-point; the stationary officer or soldier on whom the wheelings are made in the various evolutions of drill. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for pivot

  1. The donkey, however, thought it uncanny, 'upon the pivot of his skull, turned round his long left ear, ' and planted his feet firmly. – More Bywords by Charlotte M. Yonge
  2. Shooting over the upper end of the rapid, his boat ran up on a rounded rock, the stern sticking high in the air; it paused a moment, the current slowly turning it around as if on a pivot and the boat slid off; then down he came lurching and plunging, but with no more difficulty. – Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to Mexico by E. L. Kolb
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