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pivot (turn)

Definition:

to turn on a pivot

Class:

motion verb (walking, flying, swimming, etc.)

Past tense:

pivoted

Present participle:

pivoting

3rd-person singular present:

pivots

Type of:

turn » move

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

pirouette

Synonyms:

swivel

Etymology:

French, from Old French pivot "hinge, pivot" (12th century), of uncertain...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of pivot...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Swivel

a connection that allows the connected object, such as a gun or chair, to rotate horizontally and/or vertically. A common design for a swivel is a cylindrical rod that can turn freely within a support structure. The rod is usually prevented from... (42 of 244 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Swivel

Swivel (disambiguation)

a type of connection that allows for rotation. Swivel may also refer to: Fishing swivel | Swivel gun | Swivel (form), a type of mobile phone form factor | All pages beginning with "swivel" | All pages with titles containing "swivel" | Swerve ... (38 of 94 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Swivel (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

swivel | swivel gun [synonym, sense-specific] | swivel-like [adjective, derived]

a coupling device which allows an attached object to turn freely | such a device made of two parts which turn independently, such as a compound link ... (26 of 512 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/swivel

Random House Dictionary:

swivel | swiveled [past tense] | swiveling [past participle] | swivelled [British, past participle] | swivelling [present participle] | a swivel gun [sense-specific]

a fastening device that allows the thing fastened to turn around freely upon it, especially to turn in a full circle. | such a device consisting of ... (26 of 155 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/swivel

Oxford Dictionary:

swivel | swivels [related] | swivelling [related] | swivelled [related] | swiveling [related] | swiveled [related]

a coupling between two parts enabling one to revolve without turning the other. | [often with adverbial] | turn around a point or axis or on a swivel ... (26 of 114 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/swivel

Merriam-Webster:

swivel [entry 1, often attributive, noun]

a device joining two parts so that one or both can pivot freely (as on a bolt or pin) (19 of 69 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/swivel

swivel [entry 2, verb] | swiveled [past tense] | swivelled [past tense] | swiveling [present participle] | swivelling [present participle] | pivot [synonym, sense-specific] | revolve [synonym, sense-specific] | roll [synonym, sense-specific] | rotate [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to turn on or as if on a swivel | to swing or turn on or as if on a swivel (20 of 96 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/swivel show=1

New World Dictionary:

swivel | swiveled [past tense] | swivelled [past tense] | swiveling [present participle] | swivelling [present participle]

a coupling device that allows free turning of the parts attached to it; ... | to cause to turn or rotate on or as if on a swivel | to fit, fasten, or ... (31 of 95 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/swivel

American Heritage Dictionary:

swivel | swiveled [past tense] | swivelled [past tense] | swiveling [present participle] | swivelling [present participle] | swivels [3rd-person singular present]

A link, pivot, or other fastening so designed that it permits the free turning of attached parts. | A pivoted support that allows an attached object, ... (25 of 91 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/swivel

Macmillan British Dictionary:

swivel [intransitive/transitive] | swivelled [past tense] | swivelling [present participle] | swivels [3rd-person singular present] | swivel around | swivel round

"swivel" or "swivel around" or "swivel round": if someone or something swivels, or if you swivel them, they turn round on a fixed point and face in a ... (28 of 85 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/swivel

swivel [countable, noun] | swivels [plural]

a small piece of equipment that allows something fixed to it to swivel (13 of 38 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/swivel 9

Wiktionary:

swivel | swiveled [past tense] | swivelled [past tense] | swiveling [present participle] | swivelling [present participle] | swivels [3rd-person singular present] | confidence [synonym, sense-specific] | will [synonym, sense-specific]

[mechanical] A piece, as a ring or hook, attached to another piece by a pin, in such a manner as to permit rotation about the pin as an axis. | [military] A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; called also swivel gun. | [slang]... (46 of 85 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/swivel

Cambridge Dictionary:

swivel [entry 1, US USUALLY] | -ll- [past tense] | -l- [past tense]

to (cause to) turn round a central point in order to face in another direction (15 of 42 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/swivel 1

swivel [entry 2]

turning around a central point to face in another direction (10 of 20 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/swivel 2

Encarta Dictionary:

swivel | swivels [plural] | swiveled [past tense] | swiveling [present participle]

to turn freely or horizontally in a circle, or make something turn in this way | to fit, attach, or support something with a joint that allows ... (26 of 154 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717582​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

pivot

First use: 1610s

Origin: French, from Old French pivot "hinge, pivot" (12th century), of uncertain origin. Figurative sense of "central point" is recorded from 1813. ... (22 of 29 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=pivot

Oxford Dictionary:

pivot | pivoted [past tense] | pivoting [present participle] | pivots [3rd-person singular present] | pivotman | pivot on

Origin: late Middle English: from French, probably from the root of dialect pue "tooth of a comb" and Spanish puya "point". The verb dates from ... (24 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/pivot

Collins Dictionary:

pivot

First use: 17th century

Origin: from Old French; perhaps related to Old Proven├žal pua tooth of a comb

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pivot

Wiktionary:

pivot | pivots [plural] | pivoted [past tense] | pivoting [present participle]

Origin: French pivot, probably connected with Italian pivolo, "peg, pin", diminutive of piva, pipa, "pipe".

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/pivot

New World Dictionary:

pivot

Origin: French, probably akin to Provencal pua, tooth of a comb

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pivot

American Heritage Dictionary:

pivot | pivoted [past tense] | pivoting [present participle] | pivots [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French, from Old French.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pivot

Merriam-Webster:

pivot [entry 1, noun]

First use: 1611

Origin: French

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/pivot

Encarta Dictionary:

pivot

Origin: Old English frencisc from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861726561​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

pivot

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pivot"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/pivot

Macmillan British Dictionary:

pivot [countable] | pivots [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pivot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pivot

pivot [verb] | pivoted [past tense] | pivoting [present participle] | pivots [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "pivot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/pivot 7

Macmillan American Dictionary:

pivot [countable, noun] | pivots [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pivot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/pivot

pivot [verb] | pivoted [past tense] | pivoting [present participle] | pivots [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pivot"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/pivot 7

Cambridge Dictionary:

pivot

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "pivot"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "pivot"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/pivot

the Free Dictionary:

pivot

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "pivot"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "pivot"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "pivot" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/pivot

Google Dictionary:

pivot | pivots [plural] | pivoted [past tense] | pivoting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "pivot"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=pivot

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

pivot

Audio: North American pronunciation of "pivot"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=pivot​001 word=pivot

YourDictionary Audio:

pivot

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "pivot" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/pivot

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