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See also PIN, pīn, pín, pǐn, pìn, and pîn

English

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Etymology

Old English pinn, from Germanic *penn-, borrowed from classical Latin penna ‘feather, wing’. Cognate with Dutch pin, German Pinne, Norwegian pinn ‘knitting-needle’.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
pin

Plural
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  1. A small device, made (usually) of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flattened or rounded into a head, used for fastening.
  2. A small nail with a head and a sharp point.
  3. A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.
  4. A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.
  5. (in plural pins; informal) A leg.
    I'm not so good on my pins these days
  6. Any of the individual connecting elements of a multi-pole electrical connector.
    The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity is has three pins.
  7. A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.
  8. (US) A simple accessory that can be attached to clothing with a pin or fastener, often round and bearing a design, logo or message, and used for decoration, identification or to show political affiliation, etc.
  9. (chess) A scenario in which the movement of a lesser piece that is under attack and moves away would reveal a more valuable piece.
  10. (curling) The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)
    The shot landed right on the pin.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

informal: leg

jewellery attached with a pin See brooch

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Verb

Infinitive
to pin

Third person singular
pins

Simple past
pinned

Past participle
-

Present participle
pinning

to pin (third-person singular simple present pins, present participle pinning, simple past and past participle pinned)
  1. (often followed by a preposition such as to or on) To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.
  2. (chess, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.

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Derived terms


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

pin m.

  1. peg, pin

French

Etymology

Latin pinus.

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

pin m. (plural pins)

  1. pine, pine tree

Mandarin

Pinyin syllable

pin

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, pīn, pín, pǐn or pìn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.


Romanian

Noun

pin m

  1. pine

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