pivot - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    science a fixed point or pin that something turns or balances on
  2. 2
    the most important thing that something is based on or depends on

    Tax reform has become the central pivot of their domestic policy.

  3.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    a time in the electoral cycle when candidates move towards the centre ground in order to appeal to the general electorate rather than just their base

    It is safe to assume that the general-election 'pivot' so many expected from Donald Trump will never happen.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/07/2016