Definitions for PINpɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pinpɪn(n.; v.)pinned, pin•ning.

  1. (n.)a small, slender, often pointed piece of metal, wood, etc., used as a fastener or support.

  2. a short, slender piece of wire with a point at one end and a head at the other, for fastening things together.

  3. any of various forms of fasteners, badges, or ornaments consisting essentially or partly of a penetrating wire or shaft (often used in combination):

    a fraternity pin; a tiepin.

  4. a short metal rod, as a linchpin, driven through holes in adjacent parts, as a hub and an axle, to keep the parts together. a short cylindrical rod or tube, as a wrist pin or crankpin, joining two parts so as to permit them to move in one plane relative to each other.

    Category: Machinery

  5. the part of a cylindrical key stem entering a lock.

  6. Ref: clothespin

  7. Ref: hairpin

  8. a peg, nail, or stud marking the center of a target.

  9. any one of the rounded wooden clubs set up as the target in tenpins, ninepins, duckpins, etc.

    Category: Sport

  10. Golf. the pole, with flag, which identifies a hole; flagstick.

    Category: Sport

  11. Informal. a human leg.

    Category: Informal

  12. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: peg (def. 4). 1 5

  13. Wrestling. a fall.

    Category: Sport

  14. Naut.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

    Ref: belaying pin.

  15. a very small amount; a trifle.

  16. a pin-shaped connection, as the terminals on the base of an electron tube or the connections on an integrated circuit.

    Category: Electronics, Electricity and Magnetism

  17. (v.t.)to fasten or attach with or as with a pin or pins.

  18. to hold fast in a spot or position (sometimes fol. by down).

  19. to give one's fraternity pin to (a young woman) as a pledge of one's attachment.

  20. Wrestling. to secure a fall over one's opponent.

    Category: Sport

  21. pin down, to force (someone) to deal with a situation or to come to a decision.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for pin:

  1. pin something on someone,Informal. to ascribe the blame or guilt for something to a person.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of pin:

bef. 1100; ME pinne, OE pinn peg; c. D pin, G Pinne, ON pinni; perh. < L pinna feather, quill


  1. an identification number assigned to an individual to gain access to a computer system via an automated-teller machine, a point-of-sale terminal, or other device.

    Category: Computers

Origin of PIN:

1980–85; p(ersonal)i(dentification)n(umber)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pin(noun)

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

  2. fall, pin(noun)

    when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

  3. peg, pin(noun)

    small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.

  4. personal identification number, PIN, PIN number(noun)

    a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts

  5. pin, peg, stick(noun)

    informal terms for the leg

    "fever left him weak on his sticks"

  6. pivot, pin(noun)

    axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns

  7. pin, pin tumbler(noun)

    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. pin, flag(noun)

    flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green

  9. pin(noun)

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

  10. peg, pin, thole, tholepin, rowlock, oarlock(noun)

    a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing

  11. bowling pin, pin(verb)

    a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target

  12. trap, pin, immobilize, immobilise(verb)

    to hold fast or prevent from moving

    "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"

  13. pin(verb)

    attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins

    "pin the needle to the shirt". "pin the blame on the innocent man"

  14. pin(verb)

    pierce with a pin

    "pin down the butterfly"

  15. pin(verb)

    immobilize a piece

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pin(noun)ɪn

    a piece of jewelry that fastens to your clothing

    a diamond pin

  2. pinɪn

    a very thin sharp piece of metal, used for holding pieces of cloth together

    Remove the pins when you finish sewing.

  3. pinɪn

    a piece of metal inserted through holes in two objects to hold them together

    metal pins in the bone

  4. pinɪn

    one of the objects you knock down in the sport of bowling

    The machine sets up the pins.

  5. pin(verb)ɪn

    to fasten or attach using a pin

    The teacher pinned the ribbon to his shirt.

  6. PIN(noun)ɪn

    personal identification number; a security number used with a bank card

    Please enter your PIN.


  1. pin(Noun)

    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. pin(Noun)

    A small nail with a head and a sharp point.

  3. pin(Noun)

    A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.

  4. pin(Noun)

    A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.

  5. pin(Noun)

    (in plural pins; informal) A leg.

    I'm not so good on my pins these days.

  6. pin(Noun)

    Any of the individual connecting elements of a multi-pole electrical connector.

    The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity has three pins.

  7. pin(Noun)

    A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.

  8. pin(Noun)

    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. pin(Noun)

    A scenario in which the movement of a lesser piece that is under attack and moves away would reveal a more valuable piece.

  10. pin(Verb)

    To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.

  11. pin(Verb)

    (often followed by a preposition such as to or on) To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.

  12. pin(Noun)

    The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)

    The shot landed right on the pin.

  13. pin(Noun)

    A mood, a state of being.

    She was in a merry pin.

  14. Origin: From pinne, from pinn, from pinnaz, from bend-. Cognate with pin, pin, pinne, Pinn, Pinne, Pfonzer, Pfunzer, pind, pinn, pinne, pinni. More at pintle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pin(verb)

    to peen

  2. Pin(verb)

    to inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound

  3. Pin(noun)

    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

  4. Pin(noun)

    especially, a small, pointed and headed piece of brass or other wire (commonly tinned), largely used for fastening clothes, attaching papers, etc

  5. Pin(noun)

    hence, a thing of small value; a trifle

  6. Pin(noun)

    that which resembles a pin in its form or use

  7. Pin(noun)

    a peg in musical instruments, for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings

  8. Pin(noun)

    a linchpin

  9. Pin(noun)

    a rolling-pin

  10. Pin(noun)

    a clothespin

  11. Pin(noun)

    a short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal

  12. Pin(noun)

    the tenon of a dovetail joint

  13. Pin(noun)

    one of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each man should drink

  14. Pin(noun)

    the bull's eye, or center, of a target; hence, the center

  15. Pin(noun)

    mood; humor

  16. Pin(noun)

    caligo. See Caligo

  17. Pin(noun)

    an ornament, as a brooch or badge, fastened to the clothing by a pin; as, a Masonic pin

  18. Pin(noun)

    the leg; as, to knock one off his pins

  19. Pin(noun)

    to fasten with, or as with, a pin; to join; as, to pin a garment; to pin boards together


  1. Pin

    A pinfall, a pin, or a fall is a victory condition in various forms of professional wrestling that is met by holding an opponent's shoulders on the wrestling mat for a prescribed period of time. In professional wrestling, a pinfall is a common method of winning a match and typically must be held for a count of three by the referee. The purpose of a pinning maneuver is to hold the opponent's shoulders against the mat for a count of three. The count is broken if the opponent manages to raise one or both of his shoulders off of the mat, commonly by kicking out. In some positions, a wrestler may bridge to put more of their weight on the pinned opponent or to prop themselves up from being pinned. Sometimes, an attacking wrestler may hook the opponent's tights for extra leverage. Another popular illegal tactic of heel wrestlers is to attempt a pin close to the ring ropes so they can prop their legs up on the ropes to gain additional leverage, putting more weight on the opponent.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. PIN

    The best dresser in a woman's acquaintance--of remarkable penetration and true as steel, seldom loses its head, follows its own bent and carries its point in whatever it undertakes.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PIN' in Nouns Frequency: #2411

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PIN' in Verbs Frequency: #959

Anagrams of PIN

  1. nip, Nip, NIP, NPI

  2. NPI

  3. nip, Nip, NIP

Translations for PIN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a short, thin, pointed piece of metal used eg to hold pieces of fabric, paper etc together, especially when making clothes

The papers are fastened together by a pin.

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