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 Such portraits must be hung on the walls of all households and public offices in North Korea, and North Koreans are required to wear lapel pins bearing the images of the late leaders. Washington Post, "North Korean-themed restaurant in Seoul removes Kim images," 16 Sep. 2019 For years the single twisting block of Lombard, with its eight hair-pin turns and colorful flower boxes, has drawn over 2 million people a year, many of them in cars. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Lombard Street reservation plan faces one final twist — in Sacramento," 11 Sep. 2019 Backpacks are awarded to first-year participants; hiking pins are awarded in successive years. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Trekking Through Autumn offers incentives to Medina County Parks hikers," 1 Sep. 2019 Thule's ezHitch system is much easier to use than Burley's pin system, and this two-kid stroller easily folds for transportation and storage. Adrienne So, WIRED, "26 Great Outdoor Deals From REI's Huge Labor Day Sale," 24 Aug. 2019 In keeping with the prettily polished theme, the model wore her golden blonde strands ironed pin-straight, spilling over her shoulders with a sharp middle part. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's Peach Makeup Is a Summertime Palate Cleanser," 16 Aug. 2019 Estonia has a unique 11-digit ID number from the government, along with a physical identification card and pin codes for added security, starting at age 15. Kaya Yurieff, CNN, "Capital One hack exposed thousands of Social Security numbers. Why are we still using them as ID?," 30 July 2019 The vendors were sold out of everything--no more T-shirts, caps, buttons or pins. Jennifer Bogo, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of Apollo 11," 18 July 2019 Workmen like him had to use air hammers to force wedge-like drift pins through the holes, pulling them into the correct alignment. al.com, "Who named the Dolly Parton Bridge?," 30 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Franks’ leg looked like it got pinned under Taylor. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Watch crying Feleipe Franks carted off field after suffering gruesome injury against Kentucky," 15 Sep. 2019 Neighbors heard the man screaming, went outside and saw him pinned under the fire engine, Kenneth said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Motorcyclist hurt in crash with fire engine in La Presa," 5 Sep. 2019 The truck dragged the Pathfinder with it, and that SUV was pinned under the truck’s cab, officials said. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Blown-out tire preceded fatal C-470 crash, CSP says; victims identified," 30 Aug. 2019 The Nye County Sheriff's Department said deputies on Tuesday found a 56-year-old man pinned under a Jeep in Pahrump, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the quake's epicenter. Christopher Weber, Fox News, "Nevada death may be linked to California quake," 10 July 2019 The Nye County Sheriff’s Department said deputies on Tuesday found a 56-year-old man pinned under a Jeep in Pahrump, about 150 miles (241 kilometers) from the quake’s epicenter. Time, "A Man's Death in Nevada May Be Linked to California Earthquake," 10 July 2019 He was knocked to the ground and pinned under his motorcycle. Martha Pskowski, The Verge, "Deaths and injuries don’t slow Uber Eats’ rapid expansion in Mexico," 3 July 2019 The parachute canopy was pinned under one of the propeller blades, right next to the cockpit area. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Massive Effort to Bring Home an MIA Pilot from World War II," 7 Nov. 2018 President Trump warned that the United States was ‘‘locked and loaded’’ to respond as his administration pinned the blame on Iran, which supports the Yemeni rebels who took credit for the attack. BostonGlobe.com, "US stocks slip as spike in crude oil rattles market - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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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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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