• WordNet 3.6
    • v pivot turn on a pivot
    • n pivot the act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot "the golfer went to the driving range to practice his pivot"
    • n pivot axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns
    • n pivot the person in a rank around whom the others wheel and maneuver
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pivot A fixed pin or short axis, on the end of which a wheel or other body turns.
    • Pivot Hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on which important results depend; as, the pivot of an enterprise.
    • Pivot The end of a shaft or arbor which rests and turns in a support; as, the pivot of an arbor in a watch.
    • Pivot (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.
    • v. t Pivot To place on a pivot.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pivot A pin on which a wheel or other object turns.
    • n pivot Milit., the officer or soldier upon whom a line of troops wheels.
    • n pivot Figuratively, that on which some matter or result hinges or depends; a turning-point.
    • pivot To place on a pivot; furnish with a pivot.
    • pivot To turn or swing on a pivot, or as on a pivot: hinge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pivot piv′ut the pin on which anything turns: the officer or soldier at the flank upon whom a company wheels: that on which anything depends or turns
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  • W. Arthur Porter
    W. Arthur Porter
    “The INNOVATION point is the pivotal moment when talented and motivated people seek the opportunity to act on their ideas and dreams.”
  • Susan B. Anthony
    Susan B. Anthony
    “Suffrage is the pivotal right.”
  • Caroline Bird
    Caroline Bird
    “Femininity appears to be one of those pivotal qualities that is so important no one can define it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F.; prob. akin to It. piva, pipe, F. pipe,. See Pipe
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. dim. of It. piva, a pipe, a peg, a pin—Low L. pipa.


In literature:

Roll the upper part of your body around, with the waist line acting as a pivot.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
The more you turn on your pivot, the smoother it gets, you know.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
Into the camp he flung, fretting at the curb and pivoting.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
This undershot wheel was well pivoted and constructed very light.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887" by Various
With the Tarahumare the cross is the pivot around which all his ceremonies and festivals move.
"Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Carl Lumholtz
That system was the pivot of his metaphysic, the revelation to which he owed his own conception of the universe.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
On such inconsequent pivots fate, or accident, twirls the most momentous affairs of life.
"The Honorable Senator Sage-Brush" by Francis Lynde
A solid framework, pivoted at the stern of a vessel, which being turned to one side deflects her course.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
Theodora had become the pivot upon which some of her world might turn.
"Beyond The Rocks" by Elinor Glyn
He asked the jury also to note that Taylor, who was the pivot of the whole case, had not yet been put in the box.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 1 (of 2)" by Frank Harris

In poetry:

As, dimly seen, the pirate of the brook--
The pike, whose jaunty hulk denotes his speed--
Swings pivoting about, with wary look
Of low and cunning greed.
"A Country Pathway" by James Whitcomb Riley
When I undertake to tell the best, I find I cannot,
My tongue is ineffectual on its pivots,
My breath will not be obedient to its organs,
I become a dumb man.
"Carol Of Words" by Walt Whitman
How many dawns, chill from his rippling rest
The seagull's wings shall dip and pivot him,
Shedding white rings of tumult, building high
Over the chained bay waters Liberty—
"To Brooklyn Bridge" by Harold Hart Crane
The Pyramids abide; but through the shaft
That held the polar pivot, eye to eye,
Look now — blank nothingness! As though Change laughed
At man's presumption and his puny craft,
The star has slipped its leash and roams the sky.
"The Old Pole Star" by Edith Wharton

In news:

Records show the second quarter could be pivotal .
No secret that NHL and NHLPA meetings just off Times Square are pivotal to saving 2012-13 hockey season.
Neshaminy, Plymouth Whitemarsh to meet in pivotal playoff game.
Treasury Pick Is Obama's Pivotal Choice for New Term.
Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin prove pivotal .
Oregon State could be facing pivotal season.
Get out the vote drive pivotal .
In a pivotal corner of Ohio, rival party leaders sweat it out.
Fair Trade's Growing Pains: Pivoting a Successful Model.
The Importance of ' Pivoting '.
Because of their ongoing research, campaigns are prepared to pivot like kid with a coupon in a candy store, based on which group of potential voters likes which message best.
Pivoting Lunge with Chop.
Obama's mission: Pivoting from the war.
How having a proper pivot will change your game forever.
Bet They're Pivoting On Their Paradigms.

In science:

If the pivotal structure of C is strict then the same clearly holds for Z1 (C ).
From Subfactors to Categories and Topology II. The quantum double of tensor categories and subfactors
Although we now see their limitations the Lick indices have played a pivotal role in the study of early-type galaxy populations for almost 30 years.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey
The far-field is sampled every degree in azimuth by rotating the stage supporting the detector around a pivot straight below the fiber end.
Updated results on prototype chalcogenide fibers for 10-um wavefront spatial filtering
The splitting (7.6) plays a pivotal r ˆole in the proof of Theo rem 7.6, to which I come now.
Holonomy and parallel transport in the differential geometry of the space of loops and the groupoid of generalized gauge transformations
The pivot point model assumes that all the non-thermal power-law spectra in the time series cross each other in an unique point.
The spectral evolution of impulsive solar X-ray flares. II.Comparison of observations with models