pinion

noun (1)
pin·ion | \ˈpin-yən \

Definition of pinion 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : the terminal section of a bird's wing including the carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges broadly : wing

pinion

verb
pinioned; pinioning; pinions

Definition of pinion (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to disable or restrain by binding the arms

b : to bind fast : shackle

2 : to restrain (a bird) from flight especially by cutting off the pinion of one wing

pinion

noun (2)

Definition of pinion (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack

2 : the smaller of a pair or the smallest of a train of gear wheels

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Other Words from pinion

Noun (1)

pinioned \ˈpin-yənd \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for pinion

Synonyms: Verb

bind, chain, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel

Antonyms: Verb

unbind, unfetter, unshackle

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Examples of pinion in a Sentence

Verb

They pinioned his arms behind his back. Joan of Arc was pinioned to a stake and burned as a heretic.

First Known Use of pinion

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pinion

Noun (1)

Middle English, probably modification of Anglo-French *empignon, enpenoun flight feathers, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *pinnion-, pinnio, from Latin pinna feather — more at pen

Noun (2)

French pignon, from Middle French peignon, from peigne comb, from Latin pecten — more at pectinate

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The first known use of pinion was in the 15th century

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pinion

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pinion

: to tie up (someone's arms or legs) very tightly

pinion

verb
pin·ion | \ˈpin-yən \
pinioned; pinioning

Kids Definition of pinion

1 : to restrain by tying the arms to the body

2 : to tie up or hold tightly The guards pinioned the prisoner's arms.

3 : to prevent a bird from flying especially by cutting off the end of one wing

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