pinprick

noun
pin·prick | \ ˈpin-ˌprik \

Definition of pinprick 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small puncture made by or as if by a pin

2 : a petty irritation or annoyance

pinprick

verb
pinpricked; pinpricking; pinpricks

Definition of pinprick (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to administer pinpricks to

intransitive verb

: to administer pinpricks

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Synonyms for pinprick

Synonyms: Noun

perforation, pinhole, prick, punch, puncture, stab

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Examples of pinprick in a Sentence

Noun

He felt a pinprick in his leg. the nurse kindly put a decorated bandage over the pinprick from the injection

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In late 2017, for instance, Kim Sturdavant of San Francisco’s Social Kitchen and Brewery made an IPA with enzymes that delivered a light, dry body, with pinprick bubbles. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is the IPA — in all of its dark, white, aged, fresh, sour, sweet versions — here to stay?," 14 June 2018 Ahh, the story of Holmes, the dedicated Stanford dropout who was set to save the world, one pinprick of blood at a time, by inventing, at 19 years old, a blood-testing start-up which was once valued at almost $10 billion. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“She Absolutely Has Sociopathic Tendencies”: Elizabeth Holmes, Somehow, Is Trying to Start a New Company!," 8 June 2018 But for birds, this brave new world of intensification has meant death by a million pinpricks. Tim Graham, National Geographic, "Around the World, Farmland Birds Are in Steep Decline," 1 June 2018 These cameras need ways to peel faint pinpricks of light away from bright host stars, like finding a firefly sitting on the rim of a distant spotlight. Joshua Sokol, WIRED, "These Spinning Disks of Gas and Dust Reveal How Planets Get Made," 28 May 2018 Take Theranos, which pledged to perform tons of tests on just a pinprick of blood. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Verily’s ‘exploding micro-needles’ are a fix for a problem that doesn’t exist," 18 May 2018 This is something that airmen have plenty of practice doing, given the pinprick airstrikes that mark the counter-insurgency efforts in Northern Africa and the Middle East. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "How a Syrian Airstrike Got Help From Space," 24 Apr. 2018 This image is just one-twentieth of the night sky, a mere pinprick of a window into the universe. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Want to feel small? This atlas of the night sky has 1.7 billion stars in it.," 26 Apr. 2018 An effective deterrent would require a much larger action than last year's pinprick strike. Paul Thornton, latimes.com, "Syria can be stopped — only if we're willing to go to war," 14 Apr. 2018

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Device testing was conducted at a refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, where pinprick blood samples were examined for antibodies to measles and rubella. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Shoebox-sized lab can diagnose infectious diseases from a drop of blood," 25 Apr. 2018 Distorting drops of water pinpricked my face in the basin’s mirror. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Illness and Insight of Robert Lowell," 20 Mar. 2017 Bonobo played an aquatically chill set of slow-moving dance music, followed by Four Tet, who kept his tempo but shifted to pinprick-precise, bucolic house. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "FORM Arcosanti, a Music Festival That Thinks Small," 16 May 2016 Distorting drops of water pinpricked my face in the basin’s mirror. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Illness and Insight of Robert Lowell," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of pinprick

Noun

1755, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1871, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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pinprick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pinprick

: a small hole that is made by a pin or other sharp tool

: a very small point or dot

: a slight but sharp pain caused by a pin or needle

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