Pin v. t. Metal Working To peen.
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.”
7. Mood; humor. [Obs.] “In merry pin.”
8. Med. Caligo. See Caligo.
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 v. t. To inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
Pin v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pinned p. pr. & vb. n. Pinning.] 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.”
To pin one's faith upon, to depend upon; to trust to.
n 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
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]
v 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]