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pin

Noun

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]
3 small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc. [syn: peg]
4 a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts [syn: personal identification number, PIN number]
5 informal terms of the leg; "fever left him weak on his sticks" [syn: peg, stick]
6 axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns [syn: pivot]
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
8 flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green [syn: 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, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlock]
11 a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in groups as a target [syn: bowling pin]

Verb

1 to hold fast or prevent from moving; "The child was pinned under the fallen tree" [syn: trap, immobilize, immobilise]
2 attach or fasten with pins [ant: unpin]
3 pierce with a pin; "pin down the butterfly"
4 immobilize a piece [also: pinning, pinned]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Old English pinn, from Germanic *penn-, borrowed from classical Latin penna ‘feather, wing’. Cognate with Dutch pin, German Pinne, Norwegian pinn ‘knitting-needle’.

Pronunciation

  • , /pɪn/, /pIn/
  • Rhymes: -ɪn

Noun

  1. A small device, made (usually) of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flattened or rounded into a head, used for fastening.
  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.
  4. A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.
  5. (in plural pins; informal) A leg.
    I'm not so good on my pins these days
  6. Any of the individual connecting elements of a multi-pole electrical connector.
    The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity is has three pins.
  7. A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.
  8. 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.
  9. A scenario in which the movement of a lesser piece that is under attack and moves away would reveal a more valuable piece.
  10. The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)
    The shot landed right on the pin.
small needle with no eye
small nail
  • Finnish: nasta
  • Portuguese: tacha
cylinder of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts
  • Finnish: tappi
  • German: Stift, Bolzen
  • Portuguese: pino
  • Russian: штифт
wooden skittle used in bowling
  • Finnish: keila
  • Russian: кегля
  • Swedish: kägla
informal: leg
any of the individual connecting elements of a multi-pole electrical connector
jewellery attached with a pin See brooch
US: accessory attached with a pin
in chess
Translations to be checked

See also

Verb

  1. (often followed by a preposition such as to or on) To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.
  1. (chess; usually in the passive) To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.

Translations

fasten/attach with a pin
in chess
  • Italian: inchiodare
  • Spanish: clavar

Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

pin
  1. peg, pin

French

Etymology

Latin pinus.

Pronunciation

  • /pɛ̃/

Homophones

Noun

fr-noun m

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

pin
  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, pīn, pín, pǐn or pìn.

Usage notes

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

Romanian

Noun

pin m

Extensive Definition

Pin may refer to:
  • Pin (device), device used for fastening objects or material together
  • Award pin, a small piece of metal or plastic with a pin attached given as an award for some achievement
  • An electric interconnection, in electrical engineering. For example a metal wire coming out of an integrated circuit or transistor. Often also referred to as a lead. Pins are enumerated to avoid ambiguity in technical drawings and literature.
  • Bridge pin, a vertical wire on the bridge of keyboard instruments such as the piano and harpsichord that is used to control the string resonances
  • Pin, half a firkin, or 4.5 Imperial gallons.
  • Pin, Haute-Saône, a commune of the Haute-Saône département, in France
  • Pin Oak Court, Vermont South, Australia. Also known as Ramsay Street in the Aussie soap opra 'Neighbours'.
  • Pin..., a 1988 cult horror movie
  • Pin (song), a song by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs from their debut album, Fever to Tell (2003)
  • Pin, nickname of actress, model, and singer Kejmanee Pichaironnarongsongkram.
  • Graham 'Pin' Pinney, guitarist from the band sikth
  • Personal identification number, a sequence of numbers used for security.
  • PINS, or Person In Need of Supervision, a truant in Family Court.
In sports and strategy games pin may refer to:

See also

pin in Cebuano: Pin
pin in German: PIN
pin in Esperanto: PIN
pin in French: Pin
pin in Italian: PIN
pin in Dutch: Pin
pin in Japanese: ピン
pin in Romanian: Pin (dezambiguizare)
pin in Slovak: Pin

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, ankle, anklet, arbor, armlet, armory, articulate, axis, axle, axle bar, axle shaft, axle spindle, axle-tree, badge, badge of office, badges, bagatelle, bangle, baton, batten, batten down, bauble, bayonet legs, beads, bean, bibelot, bijou, bit, blazonry, bolt, bowlegs, bracelet, brass farthing, brassard, breastpin, broach, brooch, buckle, bung, butt, button, calf, cap and gown, cent, chain, chain of office, chaplet, charm, chatelaine, check valve, circle, clasp, class ring, cleat, clip, cnemis, cock, cockade, collar, cork, coronet, cross, crown, curio, decoration, diadem, distaff, dovetail, dress, drumstick, eagle, earring, emblems, ensigns, farce, farthing, fasces, faucet, feather, fig, figurehead, fleabite, fleur-de-lis, fob, folderol, foreleg, fribble, frippery, fulcrum, gamb, gambrel, gaud, gem, gewgaw, gigot, gimbal, gimcrack, gudgeon, hair, halfpenny, ham, hammer and sickle, hasp, heraldry, hill of beans, hind leg, hinge, hingle, hitch, hock, hook, hub, insignia, jam, jamb, jest, jewel, joint, joke, kickshaw, knee, knickknack, knickknackery, lapel pin, latch, leg, lid, limb, livery, lock, locket, mace, mandrel, mantle, markings, medal, minikin, miter, mockery, molehill, mortarboard, mortise, nail, nave, necklace, nose ring, oarlock, old school tie, peg, peppercorn, picayune, pinch of snuff, pinprick, pintle, pivot, plug, podite, pole, popliteal space, precious stone, rabbet, radiant, rap, red cent, regalia, rhinestone, ring, rivet, rose, row of pins, rowlock, rush, scarf, school ring, scissor-legs, screw, sea cock, sew, shamrock, shank, shin, shit, sigillography, skewer, skull and crossbones, snap, sneeshing, sou, sphragistics, spigot, spike, spile, spill, spindle, staff, staple, stems, stick, stickpin, stitch, stone, stop, stopgap, stopper, stopple, straw, stumps, swastika, swivel, tack, tap, tarsus, tartan, thistle, tiara, tie, toggle, torque, toy, trifle, trinket, triviality, trotters, trunnion, tuppence, two cents, twopence, uniform, valve, verge, wampum, wand, wedge, whim-wham, wristband, wristlet, zipper
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