pin·​cush·​ion ˈpin-ˌku̇-shən How to pronounce pincushion (audio)
: a small cushion in which pins may be stuck ready for use

Examples of pincushion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tentacle-cushion Photo: Max This giant pincushion with pythonlike tentacle arms tries to strangle Charlie, the character voiced by Skyler Gisondo, and is therefore my enemy. Roxana Hadadi, Vulture, 31 May 2024 Without correction, the optics show dark edges at the maximum aperture, as well as minor pincushion distortion at longer focal lengths. PCMAG, 6 June 2024 At longer focal lengths, the optics show the pincushion effect (an inward curve) without corrections. PCMAG, 16 May 2024 Delicate paper blooms in light cream or blush look incredible on their own in a stoneware vase or paired with unexpected textures like a couple of pincushion blooms. Kristin Guy, Sunset Magazine, 9 May 2024 Raw images show some barrel distortion at wide angles, the inward pincushion effect at longer focal lengths, and a vignette at f/2.8. PCMAG, 28 Mar. 2024 That last group includes a manual barrel and pincushion slider, along with a checkbox for Defringe. PCMAG, 5 Feb. 2024 Even his dahlias, plump like pincushions in plumes of white, purple and pink, took home first prize. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2023 Stony Brook could have chosen to place its center on the western edge, across from the Statue of Liberty, with lower Manhattan’s pincushion over in the corner of the panorama. Developing Governors Island, Curbed, 11 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pincushion was in 1605

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“Pincushion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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pin·​cush·​ion ˈpin-ˌku̇sh-ən How to pronounce pincushion (audio)
: a small cushion in which pins may be stuck

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