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pin·ion 1

1. The wing of a bird.
2. The outer rear edge of the wing of a bird, containing the primary flight feathers.
3. A primary flight feather of a bird.
tr.v. pin·ioned, pin·ion·ing, pin·ions
a. To remove or bind the wing feathers of (a bird) to prevent flight.
b. To cut or bind (the wings of a bird).
a. To restrain or immobilize (a person) by binding the arms.
b. To bind (a person's arms).
3. To bind fast or hold down; shackle.

[Middle English, from Old French pignon, from Vulgar Latin *pinniō, pinniōn-, from Latin penna, pinna, feather; see pinna.]

pin·ion 2

A small cogwheel that engages or is engaged by a larger cogwheel or a rack.

[French pignon, from Old French peignon, probably from peigne, comb, from Latin pecten, from pectere, to comb.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pinioned - (of birds) especially having the flight feathers
winged - having wings or as if having wings of a specified kind; "the winged feet of Mercury";
2.pinioned - bound fast especially having the arms restrained
bound - confined by bonds; "bound and gagged hostages"