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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pin \Pin\, verb (used with an object) [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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pin \Pin\, verb (used with an object) (Metal Working) To peen.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pin \Pin\, verb (used with an object) [Cf. {Pen} to confine, or {Pinfold}.] To inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Pin \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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment

2: when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat [syn: {fall}, {pin}]

3: small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc. [syn: {peg}, {pin}]

4: a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts [syn: {personal identification number}, {PIN}, {PIN number}]

5: informal terms for the leg; "fever left him weak on his sticks" [syn: {pin}, {peg}, {stick}]

6: axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns [syn: {pivot}, {pin}]

7: cylindrical tumblers consisting of two parts that are held in place by springs; when they are aligned with a key the bolt can be thrown [syn: {pin}, {pin tumbler}]

8: flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green [syn: {pin}, {flag}]

9: a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things

10: a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing [syn: {peg}, {pin}, {thole}, {tholepin}, {rowlock}, {oarlock}]

11: a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target [syn: {bowling pin}, {pin}]


1: to hold fast or prevent from moving; "The child was pinned under the fallen tree" [syn: {trap}, {pin}, {immobilize}, {immobilise}]

2: attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins; "pin the needle to the shirt". "pin the blame on the innocent man" [ant: {unpin}]

3: pierce with a pin; "pin down the butterfly"

4: immobilize a piece

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