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[piv-uh-ting] /ˈpɪv ə tɪŋ/
noun, Dentistry.
(formerly) the attaching of an artificial crown to the root of a tooth with a metal dowel.
Origin of pivoting
1850-55; pivot (v.) + -ing1


[piv-uh t] /ˈpɪv ət/
a pin, point, or short shaft on the end of which something rests and turns, or upon and about which something rotates or oscillates.
the end of a shaft or arbor, resting and turning in a bearing.
any thing or person on which something or someone functions or depends vitally:
He is the pivot of my life.
the person in a line, as of troops on parade, whom the others use as a point about which to wheel or maneuver.
a whirling about on one foot.
Basketball. the act of keeping one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction, so as not to be charged with walking.
  1. an offensive position in the front court, usually played by the center, in which the player stands facing away from the offensive basket and serves as the pivot of the offense by setting up plays through passing, making screens, and taking shots.
  2. Also called pivotman. the player who plays in the pivot position.
Dentistry. (formerly) dowel (def 4).
verb (used without object)
to turn on or as on a pivot.
Basketball. to keep one foot in place while holding the ball and moving the other foot one step in any direction.
verb (used with object)
to mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.
1605-15; < French pivot (noun), pivoter (v.), Old French < ? Unabridged
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  • She replaced unattractive windows on two sides with pivoting shutters.
  • The case locks the phone in place with a pivoting drawer, so there is little chance of the phone being flung free.
  • Masts and their pivoting sails take up valuable container space on the deck.
  • The writer limits the scope of his article by pivoting it around the stories and whims of pseudo-royal alcohol selling hoteliers.
  • Both stretch the same of amount of time and style and play the same game while running and pivoting and jumping the same amount.
  • His calf started cramping in round four and he had difficulty pivoting throughout the fight.
  • pivoting on the hinges, the rods repel or attract one another when a charge is applied or removed.
  • It turns by clamping a foot to the floor and pivoting.
  • In this case, pivoting on the diagonal is sufficient for stability and is preferable for sparsity to off-diagonal pivoting.
  • Snap cover on retainer by starting at top and pivoting over the bottom of retainer.
British Dictionary definitions for pivoting


a short shaft or pin supporting something that turns; fulcrum
the end of a shaft or arbor that terminates in a bearing
a person or thing upon which progress, success, etc, depends
the person or position from which a military formation takes its reference, as when altering position
(transitive) to mount on or provide with a pivot or pivots
(intransitive) to turn on or as if on a pivot
Word Origin
C17: from Old French; perhaps related to Old Provençal pua tooth of a comb
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Word Origin and History for pivoting



1610s, from French pivot, from Old French pivot "hinge pin, pivot" (12c.), also "penis," of uncertain origin. Figurative sense of "central point" is recorded from 1813.


by 1841, from French pivoter and from pivot (n). Related: Pivoted; pivoting.

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