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Pivot vs. Swing — What's the Difference?

Pivot vs. Swing — What's the Difference?

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Pivot

The central point, pin, or shaft on which a mechanism turns or oscillates.

Swing

Move or cause to move back and forth or from side to side while suspended or on an axis
Her long black skirt swung about her legs
The door swung shut behind him
A priest began swinging a censer

Pivot

Turn on or as if on a pivot
He swung round, pivoting on his heel

Swing

Move by grasping a support from below and leaping
The Irishman swung himself into the saddle
We swung across like two trapeze artists

Pivot

A short rod or shaft on which a related part rotates or swings.
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Swing

Move or cause to move in a smooth, curving line
She swung her legs to the side of the bed
The cab swung into the car park

Pivot

A person or thing on which something depends; the central or crucial factor
“The pivot of the whole affair was the stupidity of some admiral” (Joseph Conrad).

Swing

Shift or cause to shift from one opinion, mood, or state of affairs to another
Opinion swung in the Chancellor's favour
The failure to seek peace could swing sentiment the other way

Pivot

The act of turning on a pivot.

Swing

Play music with a flowing but vigorous rhythm
The band swung on

Pivot

A dramatic change in policy, position, or strategy
“President Obama's decision to cancel a planned week-long trip to Asia ... is raising questions across Washington about the administration's vaunted pivot to Asia” (Howard LaFranchi).

Swing

(of an event, place, or way of life) be lively, exciting, or fashionable.

Pivot

A person around which a formation of marching people turns.

Swing

Engage in group sex or swap sexual partners within a group, especially on a habitual basis.

Pivot

(Sports) A player who plays at the center of the offense.

Swing

A seat suspended by ropes or chains, on which someone may sit and swing back and forth.

Pivot

A position taken by an offensive player usually facing away from the basket near the foul line to relay passes, attempt a shot, or set screens.

Swing

An act of swinging
With the swing of her arm, the knife flashed through the air

Pivot

The stationary foot around which the ball handler is allowed to pivot without dribbling.

Swing

A discernible change in opinion, especially the amount by which votes or points scored change from one side to another
A five per cent swing to Labour

Pivot

To mount on, attach by, or provide with a pivot or pivots.

Swing

A style of jazz or dance music with a flowing but vigorous rhythm.

Pivot

To cause to rotate, revolve, or turn
Pivoted the telescope toward the island.

Swing

A swift tour involving a number of stops, especially one undertaken as part of a political campaign.

Pivot

To turn on a pivot.

Swing

(in musical theatre) an understudy, typically one who covers multiple roles in the chorus of a particular production.

Pivot

To depend or be centered
“The plot ... lacks direction, pivoting on Hamlet's incertitude” (G. Wilson Knight).

Swing

To move back and forth suspended or as if suspended from above.

Pivot

To make a dramatic change in policy, position, or strategy
“If you start pivoting, you're not being honest with people” (Donald Trump).

Swing

To hit at something with a sweeping motion of the arm
Swung at the ball.

Pivot

A thing on which something turns; specifically a metal pointed pin or short shaft in machinery, such as the end of an axle or spindle.

Swing

To move laterally or in a curve
The car swung over to the curb.

Pivot

Something or someone having a paramount significance in a certain situation.

Swing

To turn in place on or as if on a hinge or pivot.

Pivot

Act of turning on one foot.

Swing

To move along with an easy, swaying gait
Swinging down the road.

Pivot

(military) The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place while the company or line moves around him in wheeling.

Swing

To propel oneself from one place or position to another by grasping a fixed support
Swinging through the trees.

Pivot

(roller derby) A player with responsibility for co-ordinating their team in a particular jam.

Swing

To ride on a swing.

Pivot

(computing) An element of a set to be sorted that is chosen as a midpoint, so as to divide the other elements into two groups to be dealt with recursively.

Swing

To shift from one attitude, interest, condition, or emotion to another; vacillate.

Pivot

(computing) A pivot table.

Swing

(Slang) To be put to death by hanging.

Pivot

(GUI) Any of a row of captioned elements used to navigate to subpages, rather like tabs.

Swing

To have a subtle, intuitively felt rhythm or sense of rhythm.

Pivot

(mathematics) An element of a matrix that is used as a focus for row operations, such as dividing the row by the pivot, or adding multiples of the row to other rows making all other values in the pivot column 0.

Swing

To play with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.

Pivot

(Canadian football) A quarterback.

Swing

To be lively, trendy, and exciting.

Pivot

(handball) A circle runner.

Swing

To engage in promiscuous sex.

Pivot

A shift during a general election in a political candidate's messaging to reflect plans and values more moderate than those advocated during the primary.

Swing

To exchange sex partners. Used especially of married couples.

Pivot

(intransitive) To turn on an exact spot.

Swing

To have a sexual orientation
Which way does he swing?.

Pivot

To make a sudden or swift change in strategy, policy, etc.

Swing

To cause to move back and forth, as on a swing.

Pivot

To change the direction of a business, usually in response to changes in the market.

Swing

To cause to move in a broad arc or curve
Swing a bat.
Swung the car over.

Pivot

To shift a political candidate's messaging during a general election to reflect plans and values more moderate than those advocated during the primary.

Swing

To cause to move with a sweeping motion
Swinging his arms.

Pivot

A fixed pin or short axis, on the end of which a wheel or other body turns.

Swing

To lift and convey with a sweeping motion
Swung the cargo onto the deck.

Pivot

The end of a shaft or arbor which rests and turns in a support; as, the pivot of an arbor in a watch.

Swing

To suspend so as to sway or turn freely
Swung a hammock between two trees.

Pivot

Hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on which important results depend; as, the pivot of an enterprise.

Swing

To suspend on hinges
Swing a shutter.

Pivot

The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place whike the company or line moves around him in wheeling; - called also pivot man.

Swing

To cause to turn on hinges
Swung the door shut.

Pivot

To place on a pivot.

Swing

To cause to shift from one attitude, position, opinion, or condition to another.

Pivot

The person in a rank around whom the others wheel and maneuver

Swing

To manage or arrange successfully
Swing a deal.

Pivot

Axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns

Swing

To bring around to the desired result
Swing an election.

Pivot

The act of turning on (or as if on) a pivot;
The golfer went to the driving range to practice his pivot

Swing

(Music) To play (music) with a subtle, intuitively felt sense of rhythm.

Pivot

Turn on a pivot

Swing

The act or an instance of swinging; movement back and forth or in one particular direction.

Swing

The sweep or scope of something that swings
The pendulum's swing is 12 inches.

Swing

A blow or stroke executed with a sweeping motion of the arm.

Swing

The manner in which one swings something, such as a bat or golf club.

Swing

A shift from one attitude, position, or condition to another
A swing to conservatism.

Swing

Freedom of action
The children have free swing in deciding what color to paint their room.

Swing

A swaying, graceful motion
Has a swing to her walk.

Swing

A sweep back and forth
The swing of a bird across the sky.

Swing

A course or tour that returns to the starting point
A swing across the state while campaigning.

Swing

A seat suspended from above, as by ropes, on which one can ride back and forth for recreation.

Swing

The normal rhythm of life or pace of activities
Back in the swing.

Swing

A steady, vigorous rhythm or movement, as in verse.

Swing

A regular movement up or down, as in stock prices.

Swing

A type of popular dance music developed about 1935 and based on jazz but employing a larger band, less improvisation, and simpler harmonic and rhythmic patterns.

Swing

A ballroom dance performed to this music.

Swing

A subtle, intuitively felt rhythmic quality or sense of rhythm.

Swing

(Music) Relating to or performing swing
A swing band.

Swing

Determining an outcome; decisive
The swing vote.

Swing

(intransitive) To rotate about an off-centre fixed point.
The plant swung in the breeze.

Swing

(intransitive) To dance.

Swing

(intransitive) To ride on a swing.
The children laughed as they swung.

Swing

(intransitive) To participate in the swinging lifestyle; to participate in wife-swapping.

Swing

(intransitive) To hang from the gallows; to be punished by hanging, swing for something or someone; (often hyperbolic) to be severely punished.

Swing

To move sideways in its trajectory.

Swing

To make the ball move sideways in its trajectory.

Swing

(intransitive) To fluctuate or change.
It wasn't long before the crowd's mood swung towards restless irritability.

Swing

(transitive) To move (an object) backward and forward; to wave.
He swung his sword as hard as he could.

Swing

(transitive) To change (a numerical result); especially to change the outcome of an election.

Swing

(transitive) To make (something) work; especially to afford (something) financially.
If it’s not too expensive, I think we can swing it.

Swing

To play notes that are in pairs by making the first of the pair slightly longer than written (augmentation) and the second shorter, resulting in a bouncy, uneven rhythm.

Swing

To move one's arm in a punching motion.

Swing

(transitive) In dancing, to turn around in a small circle with one's partner, holding hands or arms.
"to swing one's partner", or simply "to swing"

Swing

To admit or turn something for the purpose of shaping it; said of a lathe.
The lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.

Swing

To put (a door, gate, etc.) on hinges so that it can swing or turn.

Swing

(nautical) To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor.
A ship swings with the tide.

Swing

The manner in which something is swung.
He worked tirelessly to improve his golf swing.
Door swing indicates direction the door opens.
The swing of a pendulum

Swing

The sweep or compass of a swinging body.

Swing

A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing.

Swing

A hanging seat in a children's playground, for acrobats in a circus, or on a porch for relaxing.

Swing

A dance style.

Swing

(music) The genre of music associated with this dance style.

Swing

The amount of change towards or away from something.

Swing

(politics) In an election, the increase or decrease in the number of votes for opposition parties compared with votes for the incumbent party.
The polls showed a wide swing to Labour.

Swing

(cricket) Sideways movement of the ball as it flies through the air.

Swing

Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.

Swing

In a musical theater production, a performer who understudies several roles.

Swing

A basic dance step in which a pair link hands and turn round together in a circle.

Swing

(obsolete) Free course; unrestrained liberty.

Swing

Influence or power of anything put in motion.

Swing

(boxing) A type of hook with the arm more extended.

Swing

To move to and fro, as a body suspended in the air; to wave; to vibrate; to oscillate.
I tried if a pendulum would swing faster, or continue swinging longer, in case of exsuction of the air.

Swing

To sway or move from one side or direction to another; as, the door swung open.

Swing

To turn round by action of wind or tide when at anchor; as, a ship swings with the tide.

Swing

To be hanged.
He had swung round the circle of theories and systems in which his age abounded, without finding relief.

Swing

To cause to swing or vibrate; to cause to move backward and forward, or from one side to the other.
He swings his tail, and swiftly turns his round.
They get on ropes, as you must have seen the children, and are swung by their men visitants.

Swing

To give a circular movement to; to whirl; to brandish; as, to swing a sword; to swing a club; hence, colloquially, to manage; as, to swing a business.

Swing

To admit or turn (anything) for the purpose of shaping it; - said of a lathe; as, the lathe can swing a pulley of 12 inches diameter.

Swing

The act of swinging; a waving, oscillating, or vibratory motion of a hanging or pivoted object; oscillation; as, the swing of a pendulum.

Swing

Swaying motion from one side or direction to the other; as, some men walk with a swing.

Swing

A line, cord, or other thing suspended and hanging loose, upon which anything may swing; especially, an apparatus for recreation by swinging, commonly consisting of a rope, the two ends of which are attached overhead, as to the bough of a tree, a seat being placed in the loop at the bottom; also, any contrivance by which a similar motion is produced for amusement or exercise.

Swing

Influence of power of a body put in swaying motion.
The ram that batters down the wall,For the great swing and rudeness of his poise,They place before his hand that made the engine.

Swing

Capacity of a turning lathe, as determined by the diameter of the largest object that can be turned in it.

Swing

Free course; unrestrained liberty or license; tendency.
To prevent anything which may prove an obstacle to the full swing of his genius.

Swing

A state of steady vigorous action that is characteristic of an activity;
The party went with a swing
It took time to get into the swing of things

Swing

Mechanical device used as a plaything to support someone swinging back and forth

Swing

A sweeping blow or stroke;
He took a wild swing at my head

Swing

Changing location by moving back and forth

Swing

A style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz

Swing

A jaunty rhythm in music

Swing

The act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it

Swing

In baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball;
He took a vicious cut at the ball

Swing

A square dance figure; a pair of dancers join hands and dance around a point between them

Swing

Move in a curve or arc, usually with the intent of hitting;
He swung his left fist
Swing a bat

Swing

Move or walk in a swinging or swaying manner;
He swung back

Swing

Change direction with a swinging motion; turn;
Swing back
Swing forward

Swing

Influence decisively;
This action swung many votes over to his side

Swing

Make a big sweeping gesture or movement

Swing

Hang freely;
The ornaments dangled from the tree
The light dropped from the ceiling

Swing

Hit or aim at with a sweeping arm movement;
The soccer player began to swing at the referee

Swing

Alternate dramatically between high and low values;
His mood swings
The market is swinging up and down

Swing

Live in a lively, modern, and relaxed style;
The Woodstock generation attempted to swing freely

Swing

Have a certain musical rhythm;
The music has to swing

Swing

Be a social swinger; socialize a lot

Swing

Play with a subtle and intuitively felt sense of rhythm

Swing

Engage freely in promiscuous sex, often with the husband or wife of one's friends;
There were many swinging couples in the 1960's

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