pivot

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French pivot, from Old French pivot (hinge pin, pivot, penis) (12 c.), of unknown origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪvət/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪvət

Noun[edit]

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.
    • 1905, Baroness Emmuska Orczy, chapter 1, in The Tragedy in Dartmoor Terrace[1]:
      “The story of this adoption is, of course, the pivot round which all the circumstances of the mysterious tragedy revolved. Mrs. Yule had an only son, namely, William, to whom she was passionately attached ; but, like many a fond mother, she had the desire of mapping out that son's future entirely according to her own ideas. […]”
  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. (graphical user interface) 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.

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Verb[edit]

pivot (third-person singular simple present pivots, present participle pivoting, simple past and 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.
    • 2017 December 6, Caitlin Kelly, “For Entrepreneurs, a Tough Moment: The Pivot”, in New York Times[2]:
      Mr. Shah’s new business has signed up 25 New York City hotels and raised $1.5 million from angel investors and $3 million from a seed round. Yet three months into his new project, he has had to pivot again, realizing that his best customers are large businesses, not individuals.
    • 2020 January 10, Paul Sullivan, “The Secret of Their Success: It’s Not About the Money”, in New York Times[3]:
      “Entrepreneurs usually have some inkling about a problem they can solve,” he said. “But typically they’re not exactly right. So if you survive long enough, you pivot and pivot and pivot and find what sticks.”
    • 2020, Wendy Liu, Abolish Silicon Valley:
      It was a fairly common strategy for startups in our space, but we were pivoting so frequently that it didn't quite work for us—if Nick found someone on Monday, by Friday we'd usually pivoted away from that sector so that it made no longer sense, and the advisor share paperwork we'd asked the lawyers to draw up would be left unfiled.
  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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Finnish[edit]

Noun[edit]

pivot

  1. Nominative plural form of pivo.

French[edit]

French Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

From Old French pivot, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pivot m (plural pivots)

  1. pivot
  2. fulcrum
  3. lynchpin
  4. (basketball) center

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English

Noun[edit]

pivot m (plural pivots)

  1. (basketball) pivot