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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pinning - a mutual promise of a couple not to date anyone else; on college campuses it was once signaled by the giving of a fraternity pin
promise - a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
References in classic literature ?
She had been pinning and unpinning, arranging and disarranging her veil ever since she entered the room, in the hope that the girls would ask her whose ring she was wearing this week; but although both had noticed the new ornament instantly, wild horses could not have drawn the question from them; her desire to be asked was too obvious.
For the body he stripped a sheet of thick bark from around a big tree, and with much labor fashioned it into a cylinder of about the right size, pinning the edges together with wooden pegs.
Pinning Their HopesDuring the fourth quarter, create a holiday baking event with cooking classes, displays and a charity drive for the Make-A-Wish Foundation or a children's charity.