pin

noun
\ ˈpin How to pronounce pin (audio) \

Definition of pin

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a piece of solid material (such as wood or metal) used especially for fastening things together or as a support by which one thing may be suspended from another
b obsolete : the center peg of a target also : the center itself
c : something that resembles a pin especially in slender elongated form an electrical connector pin
d(1) : one of the pieces constituting the target in various games (such as bowling)
(2) : the peg at which a quoit is pitched
(3) : the staff of the flag marking a hole on a golf course
e : a peg for regulating the tension of the strings of a musical instrument
f : the part of a key stem that enters a lock
g : a belaying pin
2a(1) : a very thin small pointed metal pin with a head used especially for fastening cloth
(2) : little, trifle bother them all! I don't care a pin about them— Bram Stoker
b : an ornament or emblem fastened to clothing with a pin
c(1) : bobby pin
(2) : hairpin
3 : leg usually used in pluralwobbly on his pins
4 : a fall in wrestling

pin

verb
pinned; pinning

Definition of pin (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to fasten, join, or secure with a pin
b : to hold fast or immobile
c : to present (a young woman) with a fraternity pin as a pledge of affection
2a : fasten pinned his hopes on a miracle pin the blame on someone else
b : to assign the blame or responsibility for pin the robbery on a night watchman
c : to define or determine clearly or precisely usually used with downit is hard to pin down exactly when things changed— Katharine Whittemore
3a : to make (a chess opponent's piece) unable to move without exposing the king to check or a valuable piece to capture
b of a wrestler : to secure a fall over (an opponent)

Definition of pin (Entry 3 of 4)

1 : of or relating to a pin
2 of leather : having a grain suggesting the heads of pins
\ ˈpin How to pronounce PIN (audio) \

Definition of PIN (Entry 4 of 4)

personal identification number

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Synonyms for pin

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of pin in a Sentence

Noun He handed out pins with the peace sign on them. a cat that was still a little unsteady on its pins after anesthesia Verb She pinned a rose to her dress. The general pinned the medal on the soldier. She pinned up her hair. He pinned a sign on the wall. The passengers were pinned under the wreckage. The guards pinned his arms to his sides. She was pinned against the side of the car.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Despite going 9 under for the day, Johnson lamented missing several birdie chances and and eagle attempt on the par-4 ninth, when his ball stopped six inches from the pin. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "PGA’s Travelers Championship (6/28) free final-round live stream: How to watch online, time, TV," 28 June 2020 This beast of a hard drive requires a 7- to 15-digit pin for access, with number buttons on its attractive exterior. Tony Vaz, Popular Science, "Reliable, portable hard drives to protect your files and personal life," 28 Oct. 2019 Still, the action is perpetual, the players slamming hazily into each other and pin-balling from one melee to another. Sam Borden, National Geographic, "In Florence a centuries-old tradition fights for survival," 22 June 2020 The streak began with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 second hole, and included a 7-iron to 4 feet to a left pin near the water on the par-3 fourth. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "PGA’s RBC Heritage (6/18) second round live stream: TV info, time, how to watch online,," 19 June 2020 Betts said on Wednesday evening, referring to the red and gold pin that master sommeliers affix to their lapels to signify their status. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "Court of Master Sommeliers, facing racism charges, to eliminate “master” address," 19 June 2020 Using this method, no central authority needs to monitor anyone’s location or contact history—although there is a database of anonymous pin numbers associated with users who have been infected. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "The global tide has turned against centralized contact tracing apps," 18 June 2020 The Cleveland Browns provided him $79 worth of food and drinks, as well as a notebook, pen, and lapel pin worth $28 total. cleveland, "Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wants new police standards for handling mass protests: Capitol Letter," 10 June 2020 Lane was one of two officers seen in a video helping former officer Derek Chauvin pin Floyd to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Attorney for ex-Minneapolis officer involved in George Floyd's death says client is 'not a violent person'," 9 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like with Netflix Party, go to the puzzle piece Extensions icon in the top right corner of Chrome and pin the Scener icon. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "How to Host a Virtual Watch Party," 4 July 2020 Nolan should put Smith in more situations to pin his ears back and get after quarterbacks. John Owning, Dallas News, "3 Cowboys defenders who could thrive under DC Mike Nolan: Is LB Jaylon Smith due for bounce-back season?," 1 July 2020 But league officials have yet to pin down a date for the NBA draft combine, originally scheduled for May 19-24. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons trying to build culture with top pick. Here's what that means," 25 June 2020 The practical impact of the changes is harder to pin down. The Economist, "Another brick in the wall Donald Trump bans visas even for high-skilled foreign workers," 23 June 2020 The very notion of a criminal investigation lasting more than eight years, as the Whitewater case had, was repellent to him, as was Starr’s seemingly desperate search to find something to pin on his target. Jeffrey Toobin, The New Yorker, "Why the Mueller Investigation Failed," 29 June 2020 Floyd, a Black man who was handcuffed, died May 25 after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground. Amy Forliti, USA TODAY, "A 911 dispatcher warned police sergeant as officer pinned down, killed George Floyd," 17 June 2020 But there's a more subtle and insidious form of racist stereotyping that can be hard to pin down. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Dear anti-racist allies: Here's how to respond to microaggressions," 5 June 2020 Vang in 2006 when an officer fatally shot her 19-year-old son, Fong Lee; the Floyds, just last week when a white officer used his knee to pin George Floyd down for almost nine minutes after taking him into custody. NBC News, "Hmong family whose son was shot by white officer speaking out in solidarity," 2 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Former President Barack Obama once took flak for eschewing a pin flag on his lapel. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "On July 4th, remember the American flag belongs to us all," 3 July 2020 The pin test and quarter test are basically about diagnosing peripheral neuropathy, something that is pretty common, particularly among older people. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 23 June 2020 When ball is covered, cut off excess and pin end to ball. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Charm Balls," 9 Sep. 2019 Timex, whose watch output through the 1970s was still mostly pin-lever mechanicals, had become the world’s top watch company in sales through a policy of cut-throat price-cutting that wiped out competitors. Bloomberg.com, "Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets With President Trump," 27 Feb. 2018 Timex, whose watch output through the 1970s was still mostly pin-lever mechanicals, had become the world’s top watch company in sales through a policy of cut-throat price-cutting that wiped out competitors. Bloomberg.com, "Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets With President Trump," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pin

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

circa 1523, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pin

Noun

Middle English, from Old English pinn (akin to Old High German pfinn peg), perhaps from Latin pinna quill, feather — more at pen

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The first known use of pin was before the 12th century

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20 Jul 2020

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“Pin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pin. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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pin

noun
How to pronounce PIN (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a thin, pointed piece of stiff wire with a rounded head at one end that is used especially for fastening pieces of cloth
: a thin, pointed piece of stiff wire with a decoration at one end
: a small usually circular object that has writing and often a picture on it and that has a pin on the back so that it can be fastened to clothing, bags, etc.

pin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of pin (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fasten or attach (something) with a pin
: to prevent or stop (someone or something) from moving by holding or pressing firmly against something

pin

noun
\ ˈpin How to pronounce pin (audio) \

Kids Definition of pin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small pointed piece of wire with a rounded head used especially for fastening pieces of cloth
2 : something (as an ornament or badge) fastened to the clothing by a pin
3 : a slender pointed piece (as of wood or metal) usually having the shape of a cylinder used to fasten articles together or in place
4 : one of ten pieces set up as the target in bowling

pin

verb
pinned; pinning

Kids Definition of pin (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fasten or join with a pin She pinned a sign on the wall.
2 : to prevent or be prevented from moving The guards pinned his arms to his sides.

pin

noun
\ ˈpin How to pronounce pin (audio) \

Medical Definition of pin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a metal rod driven into or through a fractured bone to immobilize it
2 : a metal rod driven into the root of a reconstructed tooth to provide support for a crown or into the jaw to provide support for an artificial tooth
pinned; pinning

Medical Definition of pin (Entry 2 of 3)

: to fasten, join, or secure with a pin

Medical Definition of PIN (Entry 3 of 3)

prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia

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