• IPA: /ˈpɪvət/

pivot (plural pivots)

  1. A thing on which something turns; specifically a metal pointed pin or short shaft in machinery, such as the end of an axle or spindle.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Something or someone having a paramount significance in a certain situation.
  3. Act of turning on one foot.
    • 2012, Banking reform: Sticking together ↗, The Economist, 18th August issue
      Sandy Weill was the man who stitched Citigroup together in the 1990s and in the process helped bury the Glass-Steagall act, a Depression-era law separating retail and investment banking. Last month he performed a perfect pivot: he now wants regulators to undo his previous work.
  4. (military) The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place while the company or line moves around him in wheeling.
  5. (roller derby) A player with responsibility for co-ordinating their team in a particular jam.
  6. (computing) An element of a set to be sorted that is chosen as a midpoint, so as to divide the other elements into two groups to be dealt with recursively.
  7. (computing) A pivot table.
  8. (GUI) Any of a row of captioned elements used to navigate to subpages, rather like tabs.
  9. (mathematics) An element of a matrix that is used as a focus for row operations, such as dividing the row by the pivot, or adding multiples of the row to other rows making all other values in the pivot column 0.
  10. (Canadian football) A quarterback.
  11. (US, politics) A shift during a general election in a political candidate's messaging to reflect plans and values more moderate than those advocated during the primary.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

pivot (pivots, present participle pivoting; past pivoted, past participle pivoted)

  1. (intransitive) To turn on an exact spot.
  2. (business slang) To change the direction of one's business, usually in response to market insights.
  3. (US, politics) To shift a political candidate's messaging during a general election to reflect plans and values more moderate than those advocated during the primary.

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