pivot

Part of speech: verb

To place or turn on a pivot; hinge.

Part of speech: noun

A pin on which anything turns.

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Usage examples "pivot":

  1. Mrs. John Day was the social pivot of Rocky Springs, and, to disobey her summons, Helen knew would be to risk a displeasure which would find reflection in every woman in the place. - "The Law-Breakers", Ridgwell Cullum.
  2. The war will turn on France as on a pivot, said Sully; it remains to be seen if we have supplies and money enough. - "The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I.", John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009.
  3. In a word, the children- they are the pivot about which all regulations of marriage should turn. - "The Truth About Woman", C. Gasquoine Hartley.