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pin

 (pĭn)
n.
1.
a. A short, straight, stiff piece of wire with a blunt head and a sharp point, used especially for fastening.
b. Something, such as a safety pin, that resembles such a piece of wire in shape or use.
c. A whit; a jot: didn't care a pin about the matter.
2. A slender, usually cylindrical piece of wood or metal for holding or fastening parts together, or serving as a support for suspending one thing from another, as:
a. A thin rod for securing the ends of fractured bones.
b. A peg for fixing the crown to the root of a tooth.
c. A cotter pin.
d. The part of a key stem entering a lock.
e. Music One of the pegs securing the strings and regulating their tension on a stringed instrument.
f. Nautical A belaying pin.
g. Nautical A thole pin.
3. An ornament fastened to clothing by means of a clasp.
4. A rolling pin.
5. Sports
a. One of the wooden clubs at which the ball is aimed in bowling.
b. A flagstick.
c. See fall.
6. pins Informal The legs: is steady on his pins.
7. Electronics A lead on a device that plugs into a socket to connect the device to a system.
8. Computers
a. Any of the pegs on the platen of a printer, which engage holes at the edges of paper.
b. Any of the styluses that form a dot matrix on a printer.
c. Any of the small metal prongs at the end of a connector that fit into the holes in a port.
tr.v. pinned, pin·ning, pins
1. To fasten or secure with or as if with a pin or pins.
2. To transfix.
3. To place in a position of trusting dependence: He pinned his faith on an absurdity.
4.
a. To hold fast; immobilize: He was pinned under the wreckage of the truck.
b. Sports To win a fall from in wrestling.
5. To give (a woman) a fraternity pin in token of attachment.
adj.
Having a grain suggestive of the heads of pins. Used of leather.
Phrasal Verbs:
pin down
1. To fix or establish clearly: She pinned down the cause of the accident.
2. To force (someone) to give firm opinions or precise information: The reporter pinned the governor down on the issue of taxes.
pin on
To attribute (a crime) to (someone): The murder was pinned on the wrong suspect.

[Middle English, from Old English pinn, perhaps from Latin pinna, feather; see pet- in Indo-European roots.]

PIN

 (pĭn)
abbr.
personal identification number

pin down

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to force (someone) to make a decision or carry out a promise
2. to define clearly: he had a vague suspicion that he couldn't quite pin down.
3. to confine to a place: the fallen tree pinned him down.
n
4. (Wrestling) wrestling a pinfall
5. (Military) military the use of air attacks, missiles, etc to prevent military forces from moving
6. (Military) military the situation or condition of being unable to move or manoeuvre because of the action of enemy forces
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.pin down - define clearly; "I cannot narrow down the rules for this game"
determine - fix in scope; fix the boundaries of; "the tree determines the border of the property"
concretize - make something concrete
2.pin down - place in a confining or embarrassing positionpin down - place in a confining or embarrassing position; "He was trapped in a difficult situation"
detain, confine - deprive of freedom; take into confinement
3.pin down - attach with or as if with a pin; "pin up a picture"
attach - cause to be attached
Translations
يَجعَلُه يُعْطي جوابا مؤكَّدا
přimět
få nogen til at forpligte sig
kihúz
knÿja fram ákveîiî svar
kesin karar verdirmek

w>pin down

vt sep
(= fix down: with pins) → an- or festheften; (= hold, weight down)beschweren, niederhalten; (= trap: rockfall etc)einklemmen; he pinned him down on the canvaser drückte ihn auf die Matte; two of the gang pinned him downzwei aus der Bande drückten ihn zu Boden; our troops were pinned down by heavy artillery fireunsere Truppen wurden durch heftiges Artilleriefeuer festgehalten
(fig) to pin somebody downjdn festnageln or festlegen; he wouldn’t be pinned down to any particular dateer ließ sich nicht auf ein bestimmtes Datum festnageln or festlegen; he’s a difficult man to pin downman kann ihn nur schwer dazu bringen, sich festzulegen; I’ve seen him/it somewhere before but I can’t pin him/it downich habe ihn/es schon mal irgendwo gesehen, kann ihn/es aber nicht einordnen; we can’t pin down the source of the rumourswir können die Quelle der Gerüchte nicht lokalisieren; it’s not easy to pin down the precise cause of thises ist nicht leicht, die genaue Ursache dafür festzustellen; there’s something odd here, but I can’t pin it downirgendetwas ist hier merkwürdig, aber ich kann nicht genau sagen, was

pin

(pin) noun
1. 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.
2. a similar but more ornamental object. a hat-pin.
verbpast tense, past participle pinned
1. to fasten with a pin. She pinned the material together.
2. to hold by pressing against something. The fallen tree pinned him to the ground.
ˈpincushion noun
a small cushion or similar object into which pins are pushed for keeping.
ˈpinhole noun
a hole made by a pin. A pinhole camera does not need a lens.
ˈpinpoint verb
to place or show very exactly. He pinpointed the position on the map.
ˈpin-up noun
1. a picture of an attractive girl (or man), often pinned on a wall. He has dozens of pin-ups in his room; (also adjective) a pin-up girl.
2. the girl (or man). She's the favourite pin-up of the soldiers.
pin down
to make (someone) give a definite answer, statement, opinion or promise. I can't pin him down to a definite date for his arrival.
pins and needles
a tingling feeling in one's hands, arms, feet or legs. I've got pins and needles in my arm.
References in classic literature ?
Sabin assumed the puzzled air of one endeavouring to pin down an elusive memory.
To write prose like Pam Ayres The funny tale of Ethel Preedy or the Dolly on the Dustcart And capture that twinkle and humour of hers To pin down my words with a change of heart Opportunity knocked for her on ITV A sense of timing a natural gift Reciting poetry on the minstrel show on BBC Pam's poetry gives people's moods a lift Maybe my pinned down words will be set free To release the laughter And the sparkle in me.
Summary: DUBAI - The Dubai Police have launched a hunt for a "well-built" Pakistani man who allegedly pin down a 30-year-old British woman resident and tried to rape her behind the Dubai Police Academy in Al Sufouh area.
Saudi Aramco's chief executive Khalid Al-Falih said on Tuesday that they had yet to pin down the timing for supplying 1 million bpd of crude to China, a target that Sinopec has said would begin next year.
Although changes in the shape of the dip could, in theory, pin down the distance of the object from Earth, the X rays from Scorpius X-1, though intense, weren't bright enough to reveal those changes.
Over the past few decades, researchers have been trying to pin down the specific chemical culprits behind increasing complaints of poor air quality inside offices and other buildings.
At the time, trying like all the London critics to pin down this elusive secret, I wrote, "Ulanova moves me nearly as much as life itself.
Visually and dramatically, ``Apollo'' is a thinker, a challenging, morphing beast that is not in the least bit easy to pin down.
If De Stijl is really a 'shy beast' as he characterizes it--rather than a ragbag of assumptions and prejudices whose 'shyness' results from their inherent contradictions, his final ambition helps him to pick aspects of it to pin down.
I suggest that voters if they see any candidates (and they are rare birds this year) should pin down our would-be representatives on exactly which scheme they favour and will support - and then vote accordingly.