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From Middle English pinne, from Old English pinn (“pin, peg, bolt”), from Proto-Germanic *pinnaz, *pinnō, *pint- (“protruding point, peak, peg, pin, nail”), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“protruding object, pointed peg, nail, edge”). Cognate with Dutch pin (“peg, pin”), Low German pin, pinne (“pin, point, nail, peg”), German Pinn, Pinne (“pin, tack, peg”), Bavarian Pfonzer, Pfunzer (“sharpened point”), Danish pind (“pin, pointed stick”), Norwegian pinn (“knitting-needle”), Swedish pinne (“peg, rod, stick”), Icelandic pinni (“pin”). More at pintle.
No relation to classical Latin pinna (“fin, flipper, wing-like appendage, wing, feather”), which was extended to mean "ridge, peak, point" (compare pinnacle), and often confused with Latin penna (“wing, feather”). More at feather.
- enPR: pĭn, IPA(key): /pɪn/
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- Rhymes: -ɪn
- Homophone: pen (pin-pen merger)
pin (plural pins)
- A small device, made (usually) of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flattened or rounded into a head, used for fastening.
- With pins of adamant / And chains they made all fast.
- A small nail with a head and a sharp point.
- A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.
- Pull the pin out of the grenade before throwing it at the enemy.
- A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.
- (in plural pins; informal) A leg.
- I'm not so good on my pins these days.
- (electricity) Any of the individual connecting elements of a multipole electrical connector.
- The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity has three pins.
- A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.
- (US) A simple accessory that can be attached to clothing with a pin or fastener, often round and bearing a design, logo or message, and used for decoration, identification or to show political affiliation, etc.
- (chess) A scenario in which moving a lesser piece to escape from attack would expose a more valuable piece to attack.
- (curling) The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)
- The shot landed right on the pin.
- the very pin of his heart cleft
- (dated) A mood, a state of being.
- a merry pin
- One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each person should drink.
- (medicine, obsolete) caligo
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- A thing of small value; a trifle.
- He […] did not care a pin for her.
- A peg in musical instruments for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.
- (engineering) A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.
- The tenon of a dovetail joint.
- (small nail): nail, tack
- (cylinder of wood or metal): peg
- (games): skittle
- (jewellery fastened with a pin): brooch
- (accessory): badge
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.
- (often followed by a preposition such as to or on) To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.
- (chess, usually in the passive) To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.
- (wrestling) To pin down (someone).
- To enclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
- (computing, graphical user interface) To attach (an icon, application, etc.) to another item.
- to pin a window to the Taskbar
- Alternative form of peen.
pin f (singulative pinen)
- Imperative of pine.
- peg, pin
pin m (plural pins)
- "pin" in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- Nonstandard spelling of pīn.
- Nonstandard spelling of pín.
- Nonstandard spelling of pǐn.
- Nonstandard spelling of pìn.
- English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.
pin (using Raguileo Alphabet)
- (tell a story): nvxamyen
- (spruce): (Vallader) petsch
|ben (I am)||pinim||pinlerim*|
|sen (you are)||pinsin||pinlersin*|
|o (he/she/it is)||pin / pindir||pinler* / pinlerdir*|
|biz (we are)||piniz||pinleriz|
|siz (you are)||pinsiniz||pinlersiniz|
|onlar (they are)||pinler||pinlerdir|
|ben (I was)||pindim||pinlerdim*|
|sen (you were)||pindin||pinlerdin*|
|o (he/she/it was)||pindi||pinlerdi*|
|biz (we were)||pindik||pinlerdik|
|siz (you were)||pindiniz||pinlerdiniz|
|onlar (they were)||pindiler||pinlerdi|
|indirect / unwitnessed past||singular||plural|
|ben (I was)||pinmişim||pinlermişim*|
|sen (you were)||pinmişsin||pinlermişsin*|
|o (he/she/it was)||pinmiş||pinlermiş*|
|biz (we were)||pinmişiz||pinlermişiz|
|siz (you were)||pinmişsiniz||pinlermişsiniz|
|onlar (they were)||pinmişler||pinlermiş|
|*Not used, but perhaps rarely - chiefly grammatical formations.
Note: Plural forms are not used with adjectives.
- “բոյն” in Hračʿeay Ačaṙean (1971–79), Hayerēn armatakan baṙaran [Dictionary of Armenian Root Words], in 4 vols (second edition), Yerevan: Yerevan State University
- “pin” in (1963–1982), Türkiye'de halk ağzından derleme sözlüğü [Compilation Dictionary of Popular Speech in Turkey], in 12 vols, Ankara: Türk Dil Kurumu