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pin

  

      n  
1   
a    a short stiff straight piece of wire pointed at one end and either rounded or having a flattened head at the other: used mainly for fastening pieces of cloth, paper, etc., esp. temporarily  
b    (in combination)  
pinhole     
2       short for       cotter pin       hairpin       panel pin       rolling pin       safety pin  
3    an ornamental brooch, esp. a narrow one  
4    a badge worn fastened to the clothing by a pin  
5    something of little or no importance (esp. in the phrases not care or give a pin (for))  
6    a peg or dowel  
7    anything resembling a pin in shape, function, etc.  
8    (in various bowling games) a usually club-shaped wooden object set up in groups as a target  
9      (Also called)    safety pin   a clip on a hand grenade that prevents its detonation until removed or released  
10      (Nautical)  
a       See       belaying pin  
b    the axle of a sheave  
c    the sliding closure for a shackle  
11      (Music)   a metal tuning peg on a piano, the end of which is inserted into a detachable key by means of which it is turned  
12      (Surgery)   a metal rod, esp. of stainless steel, for holding together adjacent ends of fractured bones during healing  
13      (Chess)   a position in which a piece is pinned against a more valuable piece or the king  
14      (Golf)   the flagpole marking the hole on a green  
15   
a    the cylindrical part of a key that enters a lock  
b    the cylindrical part of a lock where this part of the key fits  
16      (Wrestling)   a position in which a person is held tight or immobile, esp. with both shoulders touching the ground  
17    a dovetail tenon used to make a dovetail joint  
18    (in Britain) a miniature beer cask containing 4½ gallons  
19    usually pl  
Informal   a leg  
20    be put to the pin on one's collar     (Irish)   to be forced to make an extreme effort  
      vb   , pins, pinning, pinned   tr  
21    to attach, hold, or fasten with or as if with a pin or pins  
22    to transfix with a pin, spear, etc.  
23    foll by: on  
Informal   to place (the blame for something)  
he pinned the charge on his accomplice     
24      (Chess)   to cause (an enemy piece) to be effectively immobilized by attacking it with a queen, rook, or bishop so that moving it would reveal a check or expose a more valuable piece to capture  
25      (Also)    underpin   to support (masonry), as by driving in wedges over a beam,   (See also)        pin down  
     (Old English pinn; related to Old High German pfinn, Old Norse pinni nail)  


belaying pin  
      n     (Nautical)   a cylindrical, sometimes tapered pin, usually of metal or wood, that fits into a hole in a pin or fife rail: used for belaying  
bobby pin  
      n     (U.S, Canadian, Austral., and N.Z.)   a metal hairpin bent in order to hold the hair in place,   (Brit. terms)    hairgrip, kirby grip  
cotter pin  
      n     (Machinery)  
1    a split pin secured, after passing through holes in the parts to be attached, by spreading the ends  
2    a tapered pin threaded at the smaller end and secured by a nut after insertion  
drawing pin  
      n     (Brit)   a short tack with a broad smooth head for fastening papers to a drawing board, etc.,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    thumbtack  
end pin  
      n     (Music)   the adjustable metal spike attached to the bottom of a cello, double bass, etc., that supports it while it is being played  
firing pin  
      n   the part of the firing mechanism of a firearm that ignites the charge by striking the primer  
gudgeon pin  
      n     (Brit)   the pin through the skirt of a piston in an internal-combustion engine, to which the little end of the connecting rod is attached,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    wrist pin  
Ha-erh-pin  
      n      transliteration of the Chinese name for       Harbin  
I-pin  
      n      a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for       Yibin  
panel pin  
      n   a light slender nail with a narrow head  
PIN  
      n acronym for   personal identification number: a number used by a holder of a cash card or credit card used in EFTPOS  
pin curl  
      n   a small section of hair wound in a circle and secured with a hairpin to set it in a curl  
pin down  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to force (someone) to make a decision or carry out a promise  
2    to define clearly  
he had a vague suspicion that he couldn't quite pin down     
3    to confine to a place  
the fallen tree pinned him down     
pin-eyed  
      adj   (of flowers, esp. primulas) having the stigma in the mouth of the corolla, on the end of a long style with the stamens lower in the tube  
   Compare       thrum-eyed  
pin joint  
      n   a mechanical joint that will transmit axial load but will not transmit torque  
pin money  
      n  
1    an allowance by a husband to his wife for personal expenditure  
2    money saved or earned to be used for incidental expenses  
pin rail  
      n     (Nautical)   a strong wooden rail or bar containing holes for belaying pins to which lines are fastened on sailing vessels  
   Compare       fife rail  
pin tuck  
      n   a narrow ornamental fold used esp. on shirt fronts and dress bodices  
pin-up  
      n  
1    Informal  
a    a picture of a sexually attractive person, esp. when partially or totally undressed  
b    (as modifier)  
a pin-up magazine     
2    Slang   a person who has appeared in such a picture  
3    a photograph of a famous personality  
4    modifier     (U.S.)   designed to be hung from a wall  
a pin-up lamp     
pin wrench  
      n   a wrench fitted with a cylindrical pin that registers in a hole in the part to be rotated, used to improve the application of the turning moment  
rolling pin  
      n   a cylinder with handles at both ends, often of wood, used for rolling dough, pastry, etc., out flat  
safety pin  
      n  
1    a spring wire clasp with a covering catch, made so as to shield the point when closed and to prevent accidental unfastening  
2       another word for       pin       9  
scatter pin  
      n   a small decorative pin usually worn in groups of two or three  
shear pin  
      n   an easily replaceable pin inserted in a machine at a critical point and designed to break and stop the machine if the stress becomes too great  
split pin  
      n   a metal pin made by bending double a wire, often of hemispherical section, so that it can be passed through a hole in a nut, shaft, etc., to secure another part by bending back the ends of the wire  
stick pin  
      n      the U.S. name for       tiepin  
swivel pin  
      n      another name for       kingpin       3  
taper pin  
      n   a short round metal rod having a small amount of taper so that when driven into a hole it tightens on the taper so that it can act as a stop or wedge  
wrest pin  
      n   (on a piano, harp, etc.) a pin around which one end of a string is wound: it may be turned by means of a tuning key to alter the tension of the string. In a piano the wrest pin is embedded in the wrest plank  
wrist pin  
      n  
1    a cylindrical boss or pin attached to the side of a wheel parallel with the axis, esp. one forming a bearing for a crank  
2       the U.S. and Canadian name for       gudgeon pin  
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PIN  
      n acronym for   personal identification number: a number used by a holder of a cash card or credit card used in EFTPOS  


belaying pin  
      n     (Nautical)   a cylindrical, sometimes tapered pin, usually of metal or wood, that fits into a hole in a pin or fife rail: used for belaying  
bobby pin  
      n     (U.S, Canadian, Austral., and N.Z.)   a metal hairpin bent in order to hold the hair in place,   (Brit. terms)    hairgrip, kirby grip  
cotter pin  
      n     (Machinery)  
1    a split pin secured, after passing through holes in the parts to be attached, by spreading the ends  
2    a tapered pin threaded at the smaller end and secured by a nut after insertion  
drawing pin  
      n     (Brit)   a short tack with a broad smooth head for fastening papers to a drawing board, etc.,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    thumbtack  
end pin  
      n     (Music)   the adjustable metal spike attached to the bottom of a cello, double bass, etc., that supports it while it is being played  
firing pin  
      n   the part of the firing mechanism of a firearm that ignites the charge by striking the primer  
gudgeon pin  
      n     (Brit)   the pin through the skirt of a piston in an internal-combustion engine, to which the little end of the connecting rod is attached,   (U.S. and Canadian name)    wrist pin  
Ha-erh-pin  
      n      transliteration of the Chinese name for       Harbin  
I-pin  
      n      a variant transliteration of the Chinese name for       Yibin  
panel pin  
      n   a light slender nail with a narrow head  
pin  
      n  
1   
a    a short stiff straight piece of wire pointed at one end and either rounded or having a flattened head at the other: used mainly for fastening pieces of cloth, paper, etc., esp. temporarily  
b    (in combination)  
pinhole     
2       short for       cotter pin       hairpin       panel pin       rolling pin       safety pin  
3    an ornamental brooch, esp. a narrow one  
4    a badge worn fastened to the clothing by a pin  
5    something of little or no importance (esp. in the phrases not care or give a pin (for))  
6    a peg or dowel  
7    anything resembling a pin in shape, function, etc.  
8    (in various bowling games) a usually club-shaped wooden object set up in groups as a target  
9      (Also called)    safety pin   a clip on a hand grenade that prevents its detonation until removed or released  
10      (Nautical)  
a       See       belaying pin  
b    the axle of a sheave  
c    the sliding closure for a shackle  
11      (Music)   a metal tuning peg on a piano, the end of which is inserted into a detachable key by means of which it is turned  
12      (Surgery)   a metal rod, esp. of stainless steel, for holding together adjacent ends of fractured bones during healing  
13      (Chess)   a position in which a piece is pinned against a more valuable piece or the king  
14      (Golf)   the flagpole marking the hole on a green  
15   
a    the cylindrical part of a key that enters a lock  
b    the cylindrical part of a lock where this part of the key fits  
16      (Wrestling)   a position in which a person is held tight or immobile, esp. with both shoulders touching the ground  
17    a dovetail tenon used to make a dovetail joint  
18    (in Britain) a miniature beer cask containing 4½ gallons  
19    usually pl  
Informal   a leg  
20    be put to the pin on one's collar     (Irish)   to be forced to make an extreme effort  
      vb   , pins, pinning, pinned   tr  
21    to attach, hold, or fasten with or as if with a pin or pins  
22    to transfix with a pin, spear, etc.  
23    foll by: on  
Informal   to place (the blame for something)  
he pinned the charge on his accomplice     
24      (Chess)   to cause (an enemy piece) to be effectively immobilized by attacking it with a queen, rook, or bishop so that moving it would reveal a check or expose a more valuable piece to capture  
25      (Also)    underpin   to support (masonry), as by driving in wedges over a beam,   (See also)        pin down  
     (Old English pinn; related to Old High German pfinn, Old Norse pinni nail)  
pin curl  
      n   a small section of hair wound in a circle and secured with a hairpin to set it in a curl  
pin down  
      vb   tr, adv  
1    to force (someone) to make a decision or carry out a promise  
2    to define clearly  
he had a vague suspicion that he couldn't quite pin down     
3    to confine to a place  
the fallen tree pinned him down     
pin-eyed  
      adj   (of flowers, esp. primulas) having the stigma in the mouth of the corolla, on the end of a long style with the stamens lower in the tube  
   Compare       thrum-eyed  
pin joint  
      n   a mechanical joint that will transmit axial load but will not transmit torque  
pin money  
      n  
1    an allowance by a husband to his wife for personal expenditure  
2    money saved or earned to be used for incidental expenses  
pin rail  
      n     (Nautical)   a strong wooden rail or bar containing holes for belaying pins to which lines are fastened on sailing vessels  
   Compare       fife rail  
pin tuck  
      n   a narrow ornamental fold used esp. on shirt fronts and dress bodices  
pin-up  
      n  
1    Informal  
a    a picture of a sexually attractive person, esp. when partially or totally undressed  
b    (as modifier)  
a pin-up magazine     
2    Slang   a person who has appeared in such a picture  
3    a photograph of a famous personality  
4    modifier     (U.S.)   designed to be hung from a wall  
a pin-up lamp     
pin wrench  
      n   a wrench fitted with a cylindrical pin that registers in a hole in the part to be rotated, used to improve the application of the turning moment  
rolling pin  
      n   a cylinder with handles at both ends, often of wood, used for rolling dough, pastry, etc., out flat  
safety pin  
      n  
1    a spring wire clasp with a covering catch, made so as to shield the point when closed and to prevent accidental unfastening  
2       another word for       pin       9  
scatter pin  
      n   a small decorative pin usually worn in groups of two or three  
shear pin  
      n   an easily replaceable pin inserted in a machine at a critical point and designed to break and stop the machine if the stress becomes too great  
split pin  
      n   a metal pin made by bending double a wire, often of hemispherical section, so that it can be passed through a hole in a nut, shaft, etc., to secure another part by bending back the ends of the wire  
stick pin  
      n      the U.S. name for       tiepin  
swivel pin  
      n      another name for       kingpin       3  
taper pin  
      n   a short round metal rod having a small amount of taper so that when driven into a hole it tightens on the taper so that it can act as a stop or wedge  
wrest pin  
      n   (on a piano, harp, etc.) a pin around which one end of a string is wound: it may be turned by means of a tuning key to alter the tension of the string. In a piano the wrest pin is embedded in the wrest plank  
wrist pin  
      n  
1    a cylindrical boss or pin attached to the side of a wheel parallel with the axis, esp. one forming a bearing for a crank  
2       the U.S. and Canadian name for       gudgeon pin  

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pin

  

      vb  
1    affix, attach, fasten, fix, join, secure  
2    fix, hold down, hold fast, immobilize, pinion, press, restrain  


pin down  
1    compel, constrain, force, make, press, pressurize  
2    designate, determine, home in on, identify, locate, name, pinpoint, specify  
3    bind, confine, constrain, fix, hold, hold down, immobilize, nail down, tie down  

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