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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


  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

  20. Origin: [See Pin, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pin

    pin, n. a piece of wood or of metal used for fastening things together: a peg or nail: a sharp-pointed piece of wire with a rounded head for fastening clothes: anything that holds parts together: a piece of wood set up on end to be knocked down by a bowl, as in skittles: a peg used in musical instruments for fastening the strings: anything of little value.—v.t. to fasten with a pin: to fasten: to enclose: to seize and hold fast:—pr.p. pin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. pinned.—ns. Pin′-butt′ock (Shak.), a sharp, pointed buttock; Pin′case, Pin′cushion, a case or cushion for holding pins; Pin′-feath′er, a small or short feather.—adj. Pin′-feath′ered.—ns. Pin′-hold, a place where a pin is fixed; Pin′-hole, a hole made by a pin: a very small opening; Pin′-mon′ey, money allowed to a wife by her husband for private expenses, originally to buy pins; Pin′ner, one who pins or fastens: a pin-maker: a pinafore: a head-dress with a lappet flying loose; Pin′-point, the point of a pin: a trifle; Pin′tail, a genus of ducks, one handsome species of which is a winter visitor to many parts of the British coast.—adj. Pin′tailed, having a long, narrow tail.—n. Pin′-wheel, a contrate wheel in which the cogs are pins set into the disc: a form of firework constructed to revolve rapidly while burning.—v.t. Pin′work, to work flax-yarn on a wooden pin so as to make it more supple for ease in packing.—Pin-fire cartridge, a cartridge for breech-loading guns; Pins and needles, a feeling as of pricking under the skin, formication.—In merry pin, in a merry humour; On one's pins, on one's legs: in good condition. [M. E. pinne, like Ir. and Gael. pinne, and Ger. pinn, from L. pinna or penna, a feather.]

  2. Pin

    pin, n. an induration of the membranes of the eye, cataract. [A.S. pinn—Low L. pannus.]

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.

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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 for PIN »

  1. nip, Nip, NIP, NPI

  2. NPI

  3. nip, Nip, NIP


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anre Williams:

    It is the PIN management system that takes the effort.

  2. Justin Rose:

    It would have been easy to hit it 20, 30 feet right of that pin.

  3. Justin Rose:

    That's a pin you're not really attacking with those sorts of clubs.

  4. Waiter Rant, Waiter Rant weblog, 06-21-05:

    Angels dancing on the head of a pin dissolve into nothingness at the bedside of a dying child.

  5. Paul Kleinschnitz:

    The simplest way to circumvent chip-and-PIN is to use a stolen card number to make an online purchase.

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