Definitions for pinionˈpɪn yən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a gear with a small number of teeth, esp. one engaging a rack or larger gear.
a shaft or spindle cut with teeth engaging a gear.
Origin of pinion:
1650–60; < F pignon cogwheel, MF peignon, der. of peigne comb < L pecten
the distal or terminal segment of the wing of a bird consisting of the carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges.
the wing of a bird.
(v.t.)to cut off the pinion of (a wing) or bind (the wings), as in order to prevent a bird from flying.
to bind (a person's arms or hands) so they cannot be used.
to disable (someone) in such a manner; shackle.
to bind or hold fast, as to a thing.
Origin of pinion:
1400–50; late ME pynyon < MF pignon wing, pinion < VL *pinniōnem, acc. of *pinniō, der. of L pinna feather, wing, fin
a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack
flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather(noun)
any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
wing of a bird
bind the arms of
cut the wings off (of birds)
a moth of the genus Lithophane, as L. antennata, whose larva bores large holes in young peaches and apples
a feather; a quill
a wing, literal or figurative
the joint of bird's wing most remote from the body
a fetter for the arm
a cogwheel with a small number of teeth, or leaves, adapted to engage with a larger wheel, or rack (see Rack); esp., such a wheel having its leaves formed of the substance of the arbor or spindle which is its axis
to bind or confine the wings of; to confine by binding the wings
to disable by cutting off the pinion joint
to disable or restrain, as a person, by binding the arms, esp. by binding the arms to the body
hence, generally, to confine; to bind; to tie up
A pinion is a round gear used in several applications: ⁕usually the smallest gear in a gear drive train, although in the case of John Blenkinsop's Salamanca, the pinion was rather large. In many cases, such as remote controlled toys, the pinion is also the drive gear. ⁕the smaller gear that drives in a 90-degree angle towards a crown gear in a differential drive. ⁕the small front sprocket on a chain driven motorcycle. ⁕the round gear that engages and drives a rack in a rack and pinion mechanism and against a rack in a rack railway. ⁕in the case of radio-controlled cars with an engine this pinion gear can be referred to as a clutch bell when it is paired with a centrifugal clutch.
Translations for pinion
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the triangular part of the side wall of a building between the sloping parts of the roof.
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