pin

A pin is a small, sharp device that's made for attaching and holding things together. When you sew a shirt, you first have to pin the paper pattern to the fabric with pins.

Pins used for tacking paper to a bulletin board are made of sharp metal. A piece of jewelry that fastens to your shirt is also a pin. There are numerous other pins, from the pegs a guitar's strings are attached to; to the wooden pins you try to knock down when you're bowling; to the pins that hold your hairdo in place. And when you pin, you secure with a pin, or you hold someone down while wrestling.

Primary Meanings of pin

1.
nv
a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins
2.
vn
immobilize a piece
when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
3.
n
axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns
4.
n
informal terms for the leg
5.
n
a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target
Full Definitions of pin
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n a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things

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barrette
a pin for holding women's hair in place
bitt pin
a pin through the bitthead to keep the mooring lines from slipping off
hairpin
a double pronged pin used to hold women's hair in place
hatpin
a long sturdy pin used by women to secure a hat to their hair
linchpin, lynchpin
pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on
nog, peg
a wooden pin pushed or driven into a surface
rivet
heavy pin having a head at one end and the other end being hammered flat after being passed through holes in the pieces that are fastened together
safety pin
a pin in the form of a clasp; has a guard so the point of the pin will not stick the user
skewer
a long pin for holding meat in position while it is being roasted
straight pin
pin consisting of a short straight stiff piece of wire with a pointed end; used to fasten pieces of cloth or paper together
gudgeon pin, wrist pin
pin joining a piston to a connecting rod
bobby pin, grip, hairgrip
a flat wire hairpin whose prongs press tightly together; used to hold bobbed hair in place
bodkin
formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head
spit
a skewer for holding meat over a fire
golf tee, tee
a short peg put into the ground to hold a golf ball off the ground
tent peg
a peg driven into the ground to hold a rope supporting a tent
treenail, trenail, trunnel
a wooden peg that is used to fasten timbers in shipbuilding; water causes the peg to swell and hold the timbers fast
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

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

Synonyms:
peg
Type of:
mark, marker, marking
a distinguishing symbol

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

Synonyms:
flag
Type of:
golf equipment
sports equipment used in playing golf

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

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breastpin, broach, brooch
a decorative pin worn by women
scatter pin
small pin usually worn in groups of two or more
stickpin
a decorative pin that is worn in a necktie
scarfpin, tie tack, tiepin
a pin used to hold the tie in place
sunburst
a jeweled brooch with a pattern resembling the sun
Type of:
jewellery, jewelry
an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)

v attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins

“" pin the needle to the shirt". "pin the blame on the innocent man”
Antonyms:
unpin
remove the pins from; unfasten the pins of
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v pierce with a pin

pin down the butterfly”
Types:
skewer, spit
drive a skewer through
Type of:
empale, impale, spike, transfix
pierce with a sharp stake or point
2

v immobilize a piece

Type of:
aggress, attack
take the initiative and go on the offensive

v to hold fast or prevent from moving

“The child was pinned under the fallen tree”
Synonyms:
immobilise, immobilize, trap

n when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

Synonyms:
fall
Types:
takedown
(amateur wrestling) being brought to the mat from a standing position
Type of:
triumph, victory
a successful ending of a struggle or contest
3

n axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns

Synonyms:
pivot
Types:
fulcrum
the pivot about which a lever turns
pintle
a pin or bolt forming the pivot of a hinge
Type of:
axis, axis of rotation
the center around which something rotates

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

Synonyms:
oarlock, peg, rowlock, thole, tholepin
Type of:
holder
a holding device

n 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

Synonyms:
pin tumbler
Type of:
tumbler
a movable obstruction in a lock that must be adjusted to a given position (as by a key) before the bolt can be thrown
4

n informal terms for the leg

Synonyms:
peg, stick
Type of:
leg
a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle
5

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

Synonyms:
bowling pin
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candlepin
a bowling pin that is thin by comparison with a tenpin
duckpin
a bowling pin that is short and squat by comparison with a tenpin
headpin, kingpin
the front bowling pin in the triangular arrangement of ten pins
ninepin, skittle, skittle pin
a bowling pin of the type used in playing ninepins or (in England) skittles
tenpin
one of the bottle-shaped pins used in bowling
Type of:
bowling equipment
equipment used in bowling

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