Adjective "pivoting" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates.
  1. 'An additional bronze bushing is used between the ram and its pivot pin.'
  2. 'The pivot mechanism is substantial, with no loss of stability when the LCD panel is vertical.'
  3. 'Ramer eliminated a huge amount of weight by combining the release mechanism with the toe pivot.'
  4. 'A variation on heel-drag spinouts is to use your brake-pad as the pivot.'
  5. 'Note bearing kit price is different for frames with single or triple pivot points.'
  6. 'Adjust the seat so that the small of your back rests flush against it and your knees are in line with the pivot point of the pulley.'
  7. 'The plotting board is set up with the base gun representing the pivot point.'
  8. 'You will see in this drawing there is a pivot and lug mechanism.'
  9. 'The weight of the rod is somewhat balance by the additional handle behind the pivot point near the reel.'
  10. 'It was one of those shops with front shutters that rotated on a central pivot.'
  11. 'Later one of Lee's officers would write that ‘the loss of this battle order constitutes one of the pivots on which turned the events of the war’.'
  12. 'Interesting facts on the turning pivot of the war - few generals in history had the luck of General George B. McClellan.'
  13. 'Pivot joints allow a rotating or twisting motion, like that of the head moving from side to side.'
  14. '… In many ways, it is the pivot on which J.K. Rowling's entire tale revolves; the fabric from which the next tale will be woven.'
  15. 'Sirk, to his everlasting credit, steers her clear of self-parody by making her the pivot of the story.'
  16. 'It may also be the pivot of a terrible 10 years for South Africa.'
  17. 'The pivot of this change was the Enlightenment, a time when the rational took ascendance over the mystical.'
  18. 'The pivot of this arc of instability is the new state of Timor Leste.'
  19. 'These events would seem rather good evidence for the proposition that the Palestinian issue is only one of several important concerns in Middle East politics, not the pivot on which all regional events turn.'
  20. 'No - she had been the pivot of it all, the centre, the core.'
  21. 'Miller obviously is a top-drawer pivotman, but he's broken down toward the end of each of his NBA campaigns save for a truncated rookie year.'
  22. 'All year, Austin just kept on thumping on the nation's primest pivots, with minimum offensive support and always with a smile.'
  23. 'If Wallace is frequently overpowered by some of the league's more gargantuan pivotmen, guarding Jermaine O'Neal is Big Ben's chance to push around someone else.'
  24. 'Kendrick Perkins is already a solid pivotman, so Ainge likely won't trade him.'
  25. 'The Caps' other centers - Trevor Linden, Andrei Nikolishin and Trent Whitfield - are decent pivots but not premier playmakers.'
  26. 'But he always had a Gretzky or a Mario Lemieux or a Mark Messier ahead of him in the pantheon of NHL pivotmen.'
  27. 'But the next wave of pivotmen won't all run the floor and stroke perimeter jumpers.'
  28. 'As the pivot player makes contact with the floor, he pivots toward the basket, holding the ball high over his head.'
  29. 'Put the ball down hard on the floor, before you pick up your pivot foot.'


Turn on or as if on a pivot.
  1. 'He pivoted on his foot and looked to where she was heading now.'
  2. 'He deliberately pivoted in his swivel chair, as if thinking.'
  3. 'In this cavity is a series of vertically pivoting and sliding panels that are 18 percent perforated.'
  4. 'They can be raised and lowered, rotated and pivoted for the optimal working angle along their 1,575-ft.'
  5. 'He slowly pivoted in place, looked up, and fell short of breath.'
  6. 'Jordan got up, and Bo immediately pivoted to face out to the view.'
  7. 'The ladder portion of my stand twisted and the seat pivoted downward to the left.'
  8. 'The demon turned with me, pivoting smoothly on his feet, his eyes never straying from mine.'
  9. 'Without warning, Madeline pivoted around to face him.'
  10. 'I raised my foot, took a step forward, then pivoted round on it.'
  11. 'a pivoted bracket'
  12. 'You can see the gears that turned to pivot the enormous centre section of the bridge into the air, allowing riverboats to pass underneath.'
  13. 'A pointer, called an alidade, was pivoted at the centre of the disk.'
  14. 'the government's reaction pivoted on the response of the Prime Minister'
  15. 'A regime that pivoted on paranoia slowly consumed itself.'
  16. 'It pivots on the mutual affirmation of each other as churches belonging to the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church of Jesus Christ.'
  17. 'This has to be understood; her story pivots on this point.'
  18. 'Altogether, the president's phrase and the media's speculation played out as a kind of orchestrated duet pivoting on ambiguity.'
  19. 'They pivot on a dozen hardened players, but the fringe does not match.'
  20. 'The songs pivot on morphing bass lines rather than catchy samples.'
  21. 'Unlike affordability, which mostly pivots on interest rates and household income, appreciation is influenced much more by supply and demand and represents the return on your investment.'
  22. 'Okay, he drove a silly sports car and wore Prada trainers, but we had a proper conversation, pivoting on a number of diverse subjects, ranging from the importance of Holocaust Memorial Day to contemporary British theatre.'
  23. 'This spectatorship, however - both Scottie's and the audience's - pivots on its dual nature: the act of looking is itself both active and passive at the same time.'
  24. 'Yes, the 2000 primary debates between Al Gore and Bill Bradley pivoted on the fine print in their rival health-care plans.'

More definitions

1. (formerly) the attaching of an artificial crown to the root of a tooth with a metal dowel.

More examples(as adjective)

"rudders can be pivoting."


Late Middle English: from French, probably from the root of dialect pue ‘tooth of a comb’ and Spanish pu(y)a ‘point’. The verb dates from the mid 19th century.