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Definition of pivot:

  1. A fixed pin or short axis, on the end of which a wheel or other body turns.
  2. Hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on which important results depend; as, the pivot of an enterprise.
  3. The end of a shaft or arbor which rests and turns in a support; as, the pivot of an arbor in a watch.
  4. The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place whike the company or line moves around him in wheeling; - called also pivot man.
  5. To place on a pivot.

Synonyms:

pin tumbler, veer, bowling pin, oarlock, divert, pivot man, move, stick, change, tholepin, deflect, peg, swivel, rowlock, fall, swing, shaft, traverse, avert, deviate, wheel, thole, shift, flag, pin, turn.

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