: to define or determine clearly or precisely—usually used with down
it is hard to pin down exactly when things changed—Katharine Whittemore
computers: to fix (something, such as a message, a file, or an icon) in place for convenient viewing or access
This is one of the most useful features of the new Twitter—you can pin a tweet on your profile so that it stays on top …—Luana Spinetti
"Need to pin a file or a message to the channel so people can access it quickly and easily? No problem!" Slack said in a blog post on the new feature today.—Jordan Novet
Many companies scrambled to get their heads around how to use their existing technology infrastructure to work remotely. For them, Microsoft Teams was just an icon pinned to their menu bar that lay dormant.—Property Week
: to make (a chess opponent's piece) unable to move without exposing the king to check or a valuable piece to capture
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The pictures included shots of Ferguson and his toddler rolling out dough with pins while images shared to his Instagram Story featured the father-son duo pinching butter and flour together in a mixing bowl.—Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2023 First, the two employees on the morning shift affixed Palestinian flag pins to their aprons.—Katherine Rosman, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 Even if the weather is turning colder and the pins are pulled at your home course, this week is an important time in every golfer’s yearly calendar: holiday deal time.—Red Fabbri, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2023 Brewster handed Tourmaline the iPad, which displayed a glitchy map of the city with pins marking the location of each new statue.—Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 The pin debuted at Paris Fashion Week on the lapel of supermodel Naomi Campbell.—Victoria Song, The Verge, 19 Nov. 2023 The pin will sell for $699 with an additional $24 per month subscription fee for unlimited calling, texting, and data on T-Mobile’s network.—Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 10 Nov. 2023 Some of the response times shown in the official video are not great, with the pin taking several seconds to come back with a reply.—Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 10 Nov. 2023 Watching from the balcony above, Princess Kate wore a cluster of poppies and a Royal Air Force pin on her black coat.—Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023
Isn’t that one? Miller: There were way too many losing-type plays by the Chargers on Sunday to pin this one on just that penalty.—Iliana Limón Romero, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 Second-place team Cruz Control also shot to the top with Hunger Games and Troll points and is currently pinning its awards hopes on All of Us Strangers and Killers of the Flower Moon.—Joe Reid, Vulture, 22 Nov. 2023 The decision came over a month after an incident in which a hit-and-run victim became pinned under a Cruise vehicle and then was dragged 20 feet to the side of the road.—Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 20 Nov. 2023 However, many reports since have pinned the firing on an internal culture clash between Altman and OpenAI Chief Scientist Sutskever, with Sutskever annoyed at Altman pushing to launch GPTs when Sutskever is concerned about a future when autonomous AI may become potentially dangerous.—Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 20 Nov. 2023 For the event, Shields wore her long, thick hair pulled up into a high updo pinned at the crown of her head, with lots of undone texture and volume.—Kara Nesvig, Allure, 8 Nov. 2023 The latest developments come after one of Cruise’s self-driving cars failed to detect a pedestrian pinned underneath its vehicle and dragged her for about 20 feet, causing serious injuries.—Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2023 During a Sunday interview with CNN, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pinned the responsibility for Palestinian civilian harm on Hamas for provoking Israel’s ire.—Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023 The police pushed her friend to the ground, pinned him down for several minutes and arrested him.—Erika Solomon, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023
This includes her soft pink makeup and pin-thin eyebrows at the Billboard Awards in 2004, and curly, honey-brown hair and berry gloss at the SoulTrain Awards in 2007.—Essence Beauty Editors, Essence, 25 Oct. 2023 As a light and fussy sleeper, the enveloping bed, blackout curtains, and pin-drop silence did not go unnoticed.—Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 July 2023 This Best of Beauty-winning pick features one-inch ceramic plates that heat up to an optimum styling temperature of 365 degrees Fahrenheit to create pin-straight strands or soft waves in seconds.—Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 27 Mar. 2023 Jenni Kayne The celebrity-favorite fashion designer (Mandy Moore and Minka Kelly are fans) partnered with super-chic homegoods line Parachute to create two timeless items: a cozy alpaca throw and a pin-stripe linen duvet set, available in gray and ivory.—Megan Stein, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2023 To really seal the deal, use a flat iron to get that pin-straight finish.—Sabrina Talbert, Women's Health, 9 Mar. 2023 The user can zoom-in and see the individual notes and words with pin-sharp clarity.—Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 3 Feb. 2011 To mark the occasion, Florence Pugh walked the red carpet with a new micro fringe, which had a deep side parting, while the rest of her hair was swept into an updo, with the ends fanned out in a pin-straight halo around her head.—Fiona Embleton, Glamour, 19 Feb. 2023 First there's a race across a 2 millimeter distance, or the equivalent to the diameter of a pin head.—IEEE Spectrum, 15 Feb. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English pinn (akin to Old High German pfinn peg), perhaps from Latin pinna quill, feather — more at pen
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a