What does pinion mean?

Definitions for pinionˈpɪn yən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pinion(noun)

    a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack

  2. flight feather, pinion, quill, quill feather(noun)

    any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird

  3. pennon, pinion(verb)

    wing of a bird

  4. pinion, shackle(verb)

    bind the arms of

  5. pinion(verb)

    cut the wings off (of birds)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pinion(noun)

    a moth of the genus Lithophane, as L. antennata, whose larva bores large holes in young peaches and apples

  2. Pinion(noun)

    a feather; a quill

  3. Pinion(noun)

    a wing, literal or figurative

  4. Pinion(noun)

    the joint of bird's wing most remote from the body

  5. Pinion(noun)

    a fetter for the arm

  6. Pinion(noun)

    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

  7. Pinion(verb)

    to bind or confine the wings of; to confine by binding the wings

  8. Pinion(verb)

    to disable by cutting off the pinion joint

  9. Pinion(verb)

    to disable or restrain, as a person, by binding the arms, esp. by binding the arms to the body

  10. Pinion(verb)

    hence, generally, to confine; to bind; to tie up

  11. Origin: [OF. pignon a pen, F., gable, pinion (in sense 5); cf. Sp. pion pinion; fr. L. pinna pinnacle, feather, wing. See Pin a peg, and cf. Pen a feather, Pennat, Pennon.]


  1. Pinion

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pinion

    pin′yun, n. a wing: the joint of a wing most remote from the body of the bird: a small wheel with 'leaves' or teeth working into others.—v.t. to confine the wings of: to cut off the pinion: to confine by binding the arms. [O. Fr. pignon—L. pinna (=penna), wing. Cf. Pen, n.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pinion in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pinion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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Translations for pinion

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  • باڵبه‌ستKurdish
  • spisshjul, tanndrev, tannhjulsdrevNorwegian
  • шестерня, [[подрезать]] [[крыло, [[связывать]] [[рукаRussian

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