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Webster 1913 Edition


Pin

Pin

,
Verb.
T.
(Metal Working)
To peen.

Pin

,
Verb.
T.
[Cf.
Pen
to confine, or
Pinfold
.]
To inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.

Pin

,
Noun.
[OE.
pinne
, AS.
pinn
a pin, peg; cf. D.
pin
, G.
pinne
, Icel.
pinni
, W.
pin
, Gael. & Ir.
pinne
; all fr. L.
pinna
a pinnacle, pin, feather, perhaps orig. a different word from
pinna
feather. Cf.
Fin
of a fish,
Pen
a feather.]
1.
A piece of wood, metal, etc., generally cylindrical, used for fastening separate articles together, or as a support by which one article may be suspended from another; a peg; a bolt.
With
pins
of adamant
And chains they made all fast.
Milton.
2.
Especially, a small, pointed and headed piece of brass or other wire (commonly tinned), largely used for fastening clothes, attaching papers, etc.
3.
Hence, a thing of small value; a trifle.
He . . . did not care a
pin
for her.
Spectator.
4.
That which resembles a pin in its form or use
; as:
(a)
A peg in musical instruments, for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.
(b)
A linchpin.
(c)
A rolling-pin.
(d)
A clothespin.
(e)
(Mach.)
A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.
See Illust. of
Knuckle joint
, under
Knuckle
.
(f)
(Joinery)
The tenon of a dovetail joint.
5.
One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each man should drink.
6.
The bull’s eye, or center, of a target; hence, the center.
[Obs.]
“The very pin of his heart cleft.”
Shak.
7.
Mood; humor.
[Obs.]
“In merry pin.”
Cowper.
8.
(Med.)
Caligo. See
Caligo
.
Shak.
9.
An ornament, as a brooch or badge, fastened to the clothing by a pin;
as, a Masonic
pin
.
10.
The leg;
as, to knock one off his
pins
.
[Slang]
Banking pin
(Horol.)
,
a pin against which a lever strikes, to limit its motion.
Pin drill
(Mech.)
,
a drill with a central pin or projection to enter a hole, for enlarging the hole, or for sinking a recess for the head of a bolt, etc.; a counterbore.
Pin grass
.
(Bot.)
See
Alfilaria
.
Pin hole
,
a small hole made by a pin; hence, any very small aperture or perforation.
Pin lock
,
a lock having a cylindrical bolt; a lock in which pins, arranged by the key, are used instead of tumblers.
Pin money
,
an allowance of money, as that made by a husband to his wife, for private and personal expenditure.
Pin rail
(Naut.)
,
a rail, usually within the bulwarks, to hold belaying pins. Sometimes applied to the
fife rail
. Called also
pin rack
.
Pin wheel
.
(a)
A contrate wheel in which the cogs are cylindrical pins
.
(b)
(Fireworks)
A small coil which revolves on a common pin and makes a wheel of yellow or colored fire.

Pin

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Pinned
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Pinning
.]
[See
Pin
,
Noun.
]
To fasten with, or as with, a pin; to join;
as, to
pin
a garment; to
pin
boards together.
“As if she would pin her to her heart.”
Shak.
To pin one's faith upon
,
to depend upon; to trust to.

Webster 1828 Edition


Pin

PIN

,
Noun.
[L. penna,pinna.]
1.
A small pointed instrument made of brass wire and headed; used chiefly by females for fastening their clothes.
2.
A piece of wood or metal sharpened or pointed,used to fasten together boards,plank or other timber. The larger pins of metal are usually called bolts,and the wooden pins used in ship building are called treenails [trunnels.] A small wooden pin is called a peg.
3.
A thing of little value. It is not a pin's matter. I care not a pin.
4.
A linchpin.
5.
The central part.
6.
A peg used in musical instruments in straining and relaxing the strings.
7.
A note or strain.
8.
A horny induration of the membranes of the eye.
9.
A cylindrical roller made of wood.
10. A noxious humor in a hawk's foot.
11. The pin of a block is the axis of the sheave.

PIN

,
Verb.
T.
To fasten with a pin or with pins of any kind; as, to pin the clothes; to pin boards or timbers.
1.
To fasten; to make fast; or to join and fasten together.
Our gates--we have but pinned with rushes.
She lifted the princess from the earth, and so locks her in embracing, as if she would pin her to her heart.
2.
To inclose; to confine. [See the verbs Pen and Pound.]

Definition 2022


pin

pin

See also: PIN, pīn, pín, pǐn, pìn, pîn, and piņ

English

pins (sharpened steel wire with a head)

Noun

pin (plural pins)

  1. A sewing pin, sometimes called a ballhead pin, which is a needle without an eye (usually) made of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flattened or rounded into a head, used for fastening.
    • Milton
      With pins of adamant / And chains they made all fast.
  2. A small nail with a head and a sharp point.
  3. A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.
    Pull the pin out of the grenade before throwing it at the enemy.
  4. (wrestling) The victory condition of holding the opponent's shoulders on the wrestling mat for a prescribed period of time.
  5. A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.
  6. (in plural pins; informal) A leg.
    I'm not so good on my pins these days.
  7. (electricity) Any of the individual connecting elements of a multipole electrical connector.
    The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity has three pins.
  8. A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.
  9. (US) A simple accessory that can be attached to clothing with a pin or fastener, often round and bearing a design, logo or message, and used for decoration, identification or to show political affiliation, etc.
  10. (chess) A scenario in which moving a lesser piece to escape from attack would expose a more valuable piece to attack.
  11. (curling) The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)
    The shot landed right on the pin.
    • Shakespeare
      the very pin of his heart cleft
  12. (dated) A mood, a state of being.
    • Cowper
      a merry pin
  13. One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each person should drink.
  14. (medicine, obsolete) caligo
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  15. A thing of small value; a trifle.
    • Spectator
      He [] did not care a pin for her.
  16. A peg in musical instruments for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.
  17. (engineering) A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.
  18. The tenon of a dovetail joint.
  19. (Britain, brewing) A size of brewery cask, equal to half a firkin, or eighth of a barrel.

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Verb

pin (third-person singular simple present pins, present participle pinning, simple past and past participle pinned)

  1. (often followed by a preposition such as to or on) To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.
  2. (chess, usually passive) To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.
  3. (wrestling) To pin down (someone).
  4. To enclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
  5. (computing, graphical user interface) To attach (an icon, application, etc.) to another item.
    to pin a window to the Taskbar
  6. Alternative form of peen

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Catalan

Pronunciation

  • (Balearic) IPA(key): /ˈpin/
  • (Central) IPA(key): /ˈpin/
  • (Valencian) IPA(key): /ˈpin/

Noun

pin m (plural pins)

  1. (electronics) lead
  2. pin (ornament)

Chuukese

Adjective

pin

  1. holy

Synonyms


Cornish

Noun

pin f (singulative pinen)

  1. pines

Synonyms


Danish

Verb

pin

  1. imperative of pine

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɪn
  • IPA(key): /pɪn/

Noun

pin f (plural pinnen, diminutive pinnetje n)

  1. peg, pin

Verb

pin

  1. first-person singular present indicative of pinnen
  2. imperative of pinnen

Anagrams


French

Etymology

From Old French pin, from Latin pīnus, ultimately from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *poi- (sap, juice).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pɛ̃/
  • Homophone: pain

Noun

pin m (plural pins)

  1. pine, pine tree

Friulian

Etymology

From Latin pīnus.

Noun

pin m (plural pins)

  1. pine tree

Latvian

Verb

pin

  1. 2nd person singular present indicative form of pīt
  2. 3rd person singular present indicative form of pīt
  3. 3rd person plural present indicative form of pīt
  4. 2nd person singular imperative form of pīt
  5. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of pīt
  6. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of pīt

Lojban

Rafsi

pin

  1. rafsi of pinta.

Mandarin

Romanization

pin

  1. Nonstandard spelling of pīn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of pín.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of pǐn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of pìn.

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Mapudungun

Verb

pin (using Raguileo Alphabet)

  1. To say
  2. To tell (a story).
  3. First-person singular realis mood form of pin.

Synonyms


Romanian

Etymology

From Latin pīnus, ultimately from a derivative of Proto-Indo-European *poi- (sap, juice).

Noun

pin m (plural pini)

  1. pine

Declension

See also


Romansch

Etymology

From Latin pīnus.

Alternative forms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun) pign
  • (Sursilvan) pégn
  • (Sutsilvan, Surmiran) pegn

Noun

pin m

  1. (Puter, Vallader) spruce, fir

Synonyms


Seta

Noun

pin

  1. woman

References

  • transnewguinea.org, citing D. C. Laycock, Languages of the Lumi Subdistrict (West Sepik District), New Guinea (1968), Oceanic Linguistics, 7 (1): 36-66

Spanish

Noun

pin m (plural pins)

  1. PIN, PIN number

Turkish

Alternative forms

  • pim (Van)
  • pindik (Çorum)
  • pine (Kahramanmaraş, Sivas, Yozgat, Nevşehir, Adana)
  • pinelik (Ankara, Gümüşhane, Kayseri)
  • pines (Trabzon, Rize, Tekirdağ, Ankara, Adana)
  • pineslik (Ankara)
  • pinez (Trabzon)
  • pinezlik (Giresun)
  • pinlik (Kastamonu, Çorum, Sinop, Samsun, Tokat, Kırşehir, Kayserii)
  • pinik (Sinop, Ordu, Gümüşhane, Sivas, Yozgat)
  • pinnek (Tunceli, Gaziantep, Sivas)
  • pon (Gümüşhane)
  • pun (Artvin, Bitlis)
  • pündük (Ordu)
  • püne (Adana)
  • pünes (Antalya)
  • pünlük (Ordu)
  • pünnük (Ordu)

Etymology

Borrowing from Armenian բույն (buyn, nest) (from Western Armenian pronunciation).

Noun

pin (definite accusative pini, plural pinler)

  1. (dialectal) coop for poultry

Declension

Synonyms

References

  • Ačaṙean, Hračʿeay (1971–1979), բոյն”, in Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words] (in Armenian), 2nd edition, Yerevan: University Press, published 1926–1935
  • pin”, in Türkiye'de halk ağzından derleme sözlüğü [Compilation Dictionary of Popular Speech in Turkey] (in Turkish), Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu, 1963–1982

Vietnamese

Etymology

Borrowing from French pile

Pronunciation

Noun

pin

  1. battery
    Máy tao hết pin rồi.
    My phone is dead.

Derived terms


Welsh

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Latin pīnus (compare Middle Irish pín).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /piːn/

Noun

pin m

  1. pine (tree or wood)

Usage notes

Modern Welsh orthography prefers the form pin to older pîn.

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
pin bin mhin phin
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References