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Topic: MECHANICAL

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French

pivot

1 noun
     
piv‧ot1 [countable]
1TEM a central point or pin on which something balances or turns
2 [usually singular] also pivot point the most important thing in a situation, system etc, which other things depend or are based on
the pivot on/around which something turns/revolves
Iago's lie is the pivot on which the play turns.
pivot of
West Africa was the pivot of the chocolate trade.
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