2. The end of a shaft or arbor which rests and turns in a support; as, the pivot of an arbor in a watch.
3. Hence, figuratively: A turning point or condition; that on which important results depend; as, the pivot
of an enterprise.
4. (Mil.) The officer or soldier who simply turns in his place whike the company or line moves around
him in wheeling; called also pivot man.
Pivot bridge, a form of drawbridge in which one span, called the pivot span, turns about a central
vertical axis. Pivot gun, a gun mounted on a pivot or revolving carriage, so as to turn in any direction.
Pivot tooth (Dentistry), an artificial crown attached to the root of a natural tooth by a pin or peg.
(Piv"ot), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pivoted; p. pr. & vb. n. Pivoting.] To place on a pivot. Clarke.
(Piv"ot*al) a. Of or pertaining to a pivot or turning point; belonging to, or constituting, a pivot; of
the nature of a pivot; as, the pivotalopportunity of a career; the pivotal position in a battle.
(Pix) n. & v. See Pyx.
(Pix"y, Pix"ie) n.; pl. Pixies [For Pucksy, from Puck.]
1. An old English name for a fairy; an elf. [Written also picksy.]
2. (Bot.) A low creeping evergreen plant with mosslike leaves and little white blossoms, found in New
Jersey and southward, where it flowers in earliest spring.
Pixy ring, a fairy ring or circle. [Prov. Eng.] Pixy stool (Bot.), a toadstool or mushroom. [Prov.
(Pix"y-led`) a. Led by pixies; bewildered.
(||Piz`zi*ca"to) [It., pinched.] (Mus.) A direction to violinists to pluck the string with the finger,
instead of using the bow. (Abrev. pizz.)
(Piz"zle) n. [Cf. Prov. G. pissel, pesel, peisel, peserich, D. pees a tendon or spring.] The
penis; so called in some animals, as the bull. Shak.
(Pla`ca*bil"i*ty) n. [L. placabilitas: cf. F. placabilité.] The quality or state of being placable or
appeasable; placable disposition.
(Pla"ca*ble) a. [L. placabilis, fr. placare to quiet, pacify: cf. F. placable. See Placate.] Capable
of being appeased or pacified; ready or willing to be pacified; willing to forgive or condone.
Methought I saw him placable and mild.Milton.
(Pla"ca*ble*ness), n. The quality of being placable.
(Pla*card") n. [F., fr. plaquer to lay or clap on, plaque plate, tablet; probably from Dutch, cf. D.
plakken to paste, post up, plak a flat piece of wood.]
1. A public proclamation; a manifesto or edict issued by authority. [Obs.]
All placards or edicts are published in his name.Howell.
2. Permission given by authority; a license; as, to give a placard to do something. [Obs.] ller.
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