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Definitions

  • Gold Pins
    Gold Pins
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pin immobilize a piece
    • v pin to hold fast or prevent from moving "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"
    • v pin attach or fasten with pins or as if with pins "pin the needle to the shirt". "pin the blame on the innocent man"
    • v pin pierce with a pin "pin down the butterfly"
    • n pin a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in triangular groups of ten as the target
    • n pin a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing
    • n pin a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things
    • n pin a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment
    • n pin flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green
    • n pin cylindrical tumblers consisting of two parts that are held in place by springs; when they are aligned with a key the bolt can be thrown
    • n pin axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns
    • n pin informal terms for the leg "fever left him weak on his sticks"
    • n PIN a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts
    • n pin small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.
    • n pin when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Shawl or Toga Pin Shawl or Toga Pin
Pearl Set Pins Pearl Set Pins
HEAVY GOLD PINS HEAVY GOLD PINS
SAFETY TOGA PINS SAFETY TOGA PINS
GOLD PINS WITH SET GEMS GOLD PINS WITH SET GEMS
Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back Bench made with Pinned Mortise-and-Tenon Joints, Low Back
38 Pinned mortise and tenon 38 Pinned mortise and tenon
With all her womanly faith, and all her ear-rings and breast-pins, etc., etc With all her womanly faith, and all her ear-rings and breast-pins, etc., etc

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Walter Hunt patented the safety pin in 1849. He later sold the patent rights for only $400.
    • Pin A clothespin.
    • Pin A linchpin.
    • Pin A peg in musical instruments, for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.
    • Pin A piece of wood, metal, etc., generally cylindrical, used for fastening separate articles together, or as a support by which one article may be suspended from another; a peg; a bolt. "With pins of adamant
      And chains they made all fast."
    • Pin A rolling-pin.
    • Pin A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.
    • Pin An ornament, as a brooch or badge, fastened to the clothing by a pin; as, a Masonic pin .
    • Pin (Med) Caligo. See Caligo.
    • Pin Especially, a small, pointed and headed piece of brass or other wire (commonly tinned), largely used for fastening clothes, attaching papers, etc.
    • Pin Hence, a thing of small value; a trifle. "He . . . did not care a pin for her."
    • Pin Mood; humor. "As I perchance hereafter shall think meet
      To put an antic disposition on."
      "In merry pin ."
    • Pin One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each man should drink.
    • Pin That which resembles a pin in its form or use
    • Pin The bull's eye, or center, of a target; hence, the center. "The very pin of his heart cleft."
    • Pin The leg; as, to knock one off his pins .
    • Pin The tenon of a dovetail joint.
    • v. t Pin To fasten with, or as with, a pin; to join; as, to pin a garment; to pin boards together. "As if she would pin her to her heart."
    • v. t Pin To inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
    • v. t Pin (Metal Working) To peen.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, once pinned an opponent using only a single finger
    • n pin A wooden or metal peg or bolt used to fasten or hold a thing in place, fasten things together, or as a point of attachment or support. The bolt of a door.
    • n pin A peg or bolt serving to keep a wheel on its axle; a linch pin.
    • n pin A peg on the side of a boat, serving to keep the oar in place; a thole. Also called thole-pin, boat-pin.
    • n pin A peg of a stringed musical instrument. See peg, 1 .
    • n pin A peg used to stop a hole.
    • n pin In machinery, a short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.
    • n pin The axis of a sheave.
    • n pin In joinery, the projecting part of a dovetail, which fits into the socket or receiving part.
    • n pin That part of the stem of a key which enters the lock.
    • n pin A peg, nail, or stud serving to mark a position, step, or degree; hence, a notch; a step; a degree.
    • n pin Specifically.
    • n pin One of a row of pegs let into a drinking-vessel to regulate the quantity which each person was to drink; hence, a drinking-bout; joviality. See on a merry pin, below.
    • n pin A nail or stud (also called a pike) marking the center of a target; hence, the center; a central part.
    • n pin One of a number of pieces of wood, of more or less cylindrical form, which are placed upright at one end of a bowling-alley, to be bowled down by the player; a skittle; hence, in the plural form, a game played with such pins. Compare ninepins, tenpins.
    • n pin A cylindrical roller made of wood; a rolling-pin.
    • n pin A leg: as, to knock one off his pins.
    • n pin A peak; pinnacle.
    • n pin A small piece of wire, generally brass and tinned, pointed at one end and with a rounded head at the other, used for fastening together pieces of cloth, paper, etc., and for other purposes.
    • n pin Hence A thing of very small value; a trifle; a very small amount.
    • n pin A straight, slender, and pointed bar with an ornamental head or attachment, used by women to secure laces, shawls, etc., or the hair, and by men to secure the cravat or scarf, or for mere ornament. Compare hairpin, safety-pin, scarf-pin, shawl-pin.
    • n pin A knot in timber.
    • n pin A noxious humor in a hawk's foot.
    • n pin One of the pins in a flask which fit into openings in the lugs of another flask, so that, after the pattern is drawn, the two parts can be replaced in their original position.
    • n pin One of the dowels by which the patterns are held together, when, for convenience in molding, they are made in two or more parts.
    • pin To fasten or secure with a bolt or peg.
    • pin To fasten with a pin or pins.
    • pin To transfix with or as with a pin; hence, to seize and hold fast in the same spot or position.
    • pin To nab; seize; steal.
    • pin To swage by striking with the peen of a hammer, as in splaying an edge of an iron hoop to give it a flare corresponding to that of the cask.
    • pin To clog the teeth of: as, to pin a file: said of particles which adhere so firmly to the teeth of a file that they have to be picked out with a piece of steel wire.
    • pin To inclose; confine; pen or pound.
    • pin To aim at or strike with a stone.
    • n pin A spot or web on the eye: usually in the phrase pin and (or) web.
    • n pin In archery, a place in a bowstaff where a lateral twig has been trimmed off. Such places are weak if the twig is out off flush.
    • n pin In ccram., a small three-sided rod of fire-clay inserted in the side of the saggar to support the ware (as a plate) while it is fired in the kiln.
    • n pin A tapered wooden pin having a split in the small end, in which a wedge is inserted to keep the pin from falling out.
    • pin In chess, to attack (a piece) in such a fashion that it cannot be moved without leaving the king or queen in check.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If you put a piece of scotch tape on an inflated balloon, then stick it with a small pin or needle, it won't pop.
    • n Pin pin a piece of wood or of metal used for fastening things together: a peg or nail: a sharp-pointed piece of wire with a rounded head for fastening clothes: anything that holds parts together: a piece of wood set up on end to be knocked down by a bowl, as in skittles: a peg used in musical instruments for fastening the strings: anything of little value
    • v.t Pin to fasten with a pin: to fasten: to enclose: to seize and hold fast:—pr.p. pin′ning; pa.t. and pa.p. pinned
    • n Pin pin an induration of the membranes of the eye, cataract.
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Quotations

  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “What pursuit is more elegant than that of collecting the ignominies of our nature and transfixing them for show, each on the bright pin of a polished phrase?”
  • William Ellery Channing
    William%20Ellery%20Channing
    “He is to be educated not because he's to make shoes, nails, and pins, but because he is a man.”
  • E. L. Simpson
    E. L. Simpson
    “Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin. It should make you jump up and do something.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    Thomas%20Carlyle
    “Pin your faith to no ones sleeves, haven't you two eyes of your own.”
  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    Napoleon%20Bonaparte
    “If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon-shots.”

Idioms

As neat as a new pin - This idiom means tidy and clean.
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Hear a pin drop - If there is complete silence in a room, you can hear a pin drop.
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Knock the pins from under someone - If someone knocks the pins from under you, they let you down.
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On pins and needles - If you are on pins and needles, you are very worried about something.
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Pin down with a label - If you pin someone down with a label, you characterise them, often meant negatively as the label is restrictive.
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Pin money - (UK) If you work for pin money, you work not because you need to but because it gives you money for extra little luxuries and treats.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. pinne, AS. pinn, a pin, peg; cf. D. pin, G. pinne, Icel. pinni, W. pin, Gael. & Ir. pinne,; all fr. L. pinna, a pinnacle, pin, feather, perhaps orig. a different word from pinna, feather. Cf. Fin of a fish, Pen a feather
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. pinn—Low L. pannus.

Usage

In literature:

She therefore took all the pins from their clothes, sewing them with thread instead of pinning them.
"Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds" by Charles Mackay
He pinned the letter inside his shirt.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
First you pin the goods lengthwise, pins close together.
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Her house is as clean as a pin, and her yard is the same.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Look at that millikin pin, boys!
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Bertha Warner, a merry-looking girl of about Patty's age, came flying downstairs, pinning her collar as she ran.
"Patty's Summer Days" by Carolyn Wells
Pen has tried to run pins into me sometimes to make me tell.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
As for myself, for the preservation of birds, I pin my faith to formula No.
"Practical Taxidermy" by Montagu Browne
Gie him a hole, and he'll find a pin.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
The beautiful shining pin was gone!
"Three Little Cousins" by Amy E. Blanchard
She pinned an old plaid shawl around the Rich Man's waist!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
The character of the two nations may thus be clearly traced in so insignificant an article as a breast-pin.
"Rambles of an Archaeologist Among Old Books and in Old Places" by Frederick William Fairholt
Each corner pin should be directly in rear of the corresponding front corner pin, making a rectangle.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
It was pinned down in front with an odd pin.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Aunt Amanda stuck a pin in the goods in her lap and folded her hands.
"The Old Tobacco Shop" by William Bowen
On the ground, close to my bed, were three brass-headed carpet pins which had apparently spilt accidentally out of a box.
"The Stretton Street Affair" by William Le Queux
No, it could not be this, because it appeared to be round, and bigger than a pin stone could be.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
When I try to pin it to one thing, there's nothing to put a pin in.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
The moon had dwindled to a pin-point of light beside the crescent earth.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Pin, or tie with thread, the toes to grasp the perch.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
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In poetry:

"There's one that standeth at the door,
And tirleth at the pin:
Now speak and say, my popinjay,
If I sall let him in."
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
There was a Young Lady whose chin,
Resembled the point of a pin;
So she had it made sharp,
And purchased a harp,
And played several tunes with her chin.
"Limerick: There was a Young Lady whose chin" by Edward Lear
He told a Tale of bitter woe,
His heart with pity swelling,
How the fair LADY pin'd and died,
And how her Ghost, at Christmas-tide—
Would wander,—near her dwelling.
"Golfre, Gothic Swiss Tale" by Mary Darby Robinson
Greatness is goodness, else not worth a pin;
Mere talent's greatness stirs no chord within,
But, like keen razor plied the surface o'er,
Acts simply on the surface, and no more.
"Pretence. Part I - Table-Talk" by John Kenyon
AS near a weeping spring reclin'd
The beauteous ARAMINTA pin'd,
And mourn'd a false ungrateful youth;
While dying echoes caught the sound,
And spread the soft complaints around
Of broken vows and alter'd truth;
"Songs" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
'Twas a youth o'er the form of a statue inclin'd,
And the sculptor he seem'd of the stone;
Yet he languished as tho' for its beauty he pin'd
And gaz'd as the eyes of the statue so blind
Reflected the beams of his own.
"The Paint-Kings" by Washington Allston

In news:

Here's the skinny: actress Mariska Hargitay doesn't feel pressure to be pin thin.
Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (???
For all the hopes NASA has pinned on the rover it deposited on Mars last month, one wish has gone unspoken: Please don't find water.
The clips securely pin the end flaps of a cardboard box to its respective side.
But jeer as he may, Lopez cannot pin the state's shortcomings and looming downfall on anyone but the.
Spring-loaded pins make die changing fast and simple.
Mix then refrigerate for the few minutes it takes for you to find your cookie sheet, cut-out shapes, rolling pin and to clean a countertop on which to roll dough.
ArtPrize's push-pin 'Portraits' by Eric Daigh featured on CBS Sunday Morning.
The wreath will hang directly on any nail, or you can make an additional loop, pinning it to the wreath, and hang it by the loop .
Run a stick pin through each loop, and push the pin all the way into the Styrofoam circle.
Even in calm political times they are hard to pin down.
Upon entering the app, users are met by a map view with pins representing nearby accounts.
The medieval question used to be, How many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
Marti Malloy of the United States, pins Giula Quintavalle of Italy, during their bronze medal match on Monday.
World middleweight champion Sergio Martinez would like a shot at Floyd Mayweather but said on Monday he would not lose sleep trying to pin down the elusive American.
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In science:

The exact value of the exponent α is difficult to pin point from the MC results, due to strong corrections to scaling.
Anomalous Roughness, Localization, and Globally Constrained Random Walks
We study thermally activated dynamics using functional renormalization within the field theory of randomly pinned elastic systems, a prototype for glasses.
Field theory of statics and dynamics of glasses: rare events and barrier distributions
This follows since Eq. (2) becomes linear for zero pinning force f = 0, hence the distribution of η(r) is scale-independent.
Field theory of statics and dynamics of glasses: rare events and barrier distributions
We would like to explicitly see the action of S pin(2n) on this model for S .
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
The action of the subgroup ]U (n) of S pin(2n) is the easiest to understand since it leaves ΩJ invariant (up to a phase).
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
To see this and to see how elements of S pin(2n) not in ]U (n) act we need to explicitly represent S pin(2n) in terms of the Clifford algebra.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
The group S pin(2n) can be realized in terms of even, invertible elements g of the Clifford algebra.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
This theorem was motivated by consideration of the case G = F4, H = S pin(9), but the simplest non-complex case is that of G/H an even-dimensional sphere (G = S pin(2n + 1), H = S pin(2n)).
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
It turns out that RS pin(2n) is a free RS pin(2n + 1) module with two generators which can be taken to be 1 and S + .
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
This construction is generalized in to an equivariant one for the group G, where G is some subgroup of S pin(2n).
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
This classical definition of a G-structure is not general enough to deal even with the spinor geometry of M since one needs to consider a structure group S pin(n) or S pinc (n) at each point and these are not subgroups of GL(n, R).
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
This is reflected topologically in the Bott periodicity of homotopy groups of Lie groups: for large enough n, πi (S pin(n)) = πi+8 (S pin(n)).
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
Now recall our construction of the spin representation for S pin(2n) as Λ∗ (Cn ) applied to a “vacuum” vector.
Quantum Field Theory and Representation Theory: A Sketch
The model was motivated by flux–line pinning in superconductors.
Random matrix theory and symmetric spaces
We begin in the next section by discussing the pinning effect alone mainly in the difficult two-dimensional case.
Localization-delocalization phenomena for random interfaces
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