Definition of pivot noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪvət//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪvət//
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  1. 1the central point, pin or column on which something turns or balances See related entries: Structures
  2. 2the central or most important person or thing West Africa was the pivot of the cocoa trade. The pivot on which the old system turned had disappeared. He/she/it is the pivot of civic culture/community life/Conservative thought/government policy/the Empire/history/somebody’s world.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from French, probably from the root of dialect pue ‘tooth of a comb’ and Spanish pu(y)a ‘point’. The verb dates from the mid 19th cent.
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