1 pintle, gudgeon, hinge, swivel, pin, kingpin, spindle, fulcrum:
Use this stone as a pivot for the lever to lift the rock.
2 centre, heart, focal point, hub, nave, crux:
The finance minister regards the interest rate as the pivot on which the economy turns.
3 rotate, revolve, turn, spin, twirl, whirl, swivel:
The flywheel pivots on a bearing that requires constant lubrication.
4 hinge, depend, hang, be contingent, revolve around, rely:
The whole deal pivots on the cooperation of the banks.