Pin

Definition of Pin

v. t.1.(Metal Working) To peen.
1.To inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
n.1.A piece of wood, metal, etc., generally cylindrical, used for fastening separate articles together, or as a support by which one article may be suspended from another; a peg; a bolt.
With pins of adamant
And chains they made all fast.
- Milton.
2.Especially, a small, pointed and headed piece of brass or other wire (commonly tinned), largely used for fastening clothes, attaching papers, etc.
3.Hence, a thing of small value; a trifle.
He . . . did not care a pin for her.
- Spectator.
4.(Mach.) That which resembles a pin in its form or use
5.One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each man should drink.
6.The bull's eye, or center, of a target; hence, the center.
7.Mood; humor.
8.(Med.) Caligo. See Caligo.
9.An ornament, as a brooch or badge, fastened to the clothing by a pin; as, a Masonic pin.
10.The leg; as, to knock one off his pins.
Banking pin
(Horol.) a pin against which a lever strikes, to limit its motion.
Pin drill
(Mech.) a drill with a central pin or projection to enter a hole, for enlarging the hole, or for sinking a recess for the head of a bolt, etc.; a counterbore.
Pin grass
(Bot.) See Alfilaria.
Pin hole
a small hole made by a pin; hence, any very small aperture or perforation.
Pin lock
a lock having a cylindrical bolt; a lock in which pins, arranged by the key, are used instead of tumblers.
Pin money
an allowance of money, as that made by a husband to his wife, for private and personal expenditure.
Pin rail
(Naut.) a rail, usually within the bulwarks, to hold belaying pins. Sometimes applied to the fife rail. Called also pin rack.
Pin wheel
a - A contrate wheel in which the cogs are cylindrical pins
b - (Fireworks) A small coil which revolves on a common pin and makes a wheel of yellow or colored fire.
v. t.1.To fasten with, or as with, a pin; to join; as, to pin a garment; to pin boards together.
[imp. & p. p. Pinned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pinning.]
To pin one's faith upon
to depend upon; to trust to.

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