- a short metal rod, as a linchpin, driven through holes in adjacent parts, as a hub and an axle, to keep the parts together.
- a short cylindrical rod or tube, as a wrist pin or crankpin, joining two parts so as to permit them to move in one plane relative to each other.
- a short axle, as one on which a pulley rotates in a block.
- an axle for a sheave of a block.
- belaying pin.
- to bookmark (a photo or link) on Pinterest, a website and mobile application: He pinned a jacket from Macy's on his fashion board.
- to fix (a social media post) to the top of a feed: She pinned a tweet about her forthcoming book to the top of her Twitter feed.
- to bind or hold to a course of action, a promise, etc.
- to force (someone) to deal with a situation or to come to a decision: We tried to pin him down for a definite answer, but he was too evasive for us.
Idioms about pin
- (of a young woman) to receive a male student's fraternity pin as a symbol of his affection and fidelity, usually symbolizing that the couple is going steady or plans to become engaged.
- (of a young couple) to become formally pledged to one another, though not yet engaged, by the bestowing of such a pin or the exchange of pins.
Origin of pin
OTHER WORDS FROM pinre·pin, verb (used with object), re·pinned, re·pin·ning.
Other definitions for pin (2 of 2)
Origin of PIN
How to use pin in a sentence
Within a few summer weeks, “Hot N—” had become an inescapable pop-culture phenomenon and Bobby landed a major record deal.
Despite all the gun talk in “Hot N—,” everyone wanted a piece of him and his magic.
And people were going crazy until the movie hit and it was ‘n---a’ 110 times on Christmas.
Mahoney helped author the I-STOP legislation based on data his office collected in regard to fraud.No More Paper Prescriptions: Docs Fight Fraud by Going Electronic|Dale Eisinger|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I harbor a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy, just like anybody, and I welcomed the challenge.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
About this time the famous Philippine painter, Juan Luna (vide p. 195), was released after six monthsʼ imprisonment as a suspect.The Philippine Islands|John Foreman
Tobacco is a strong growing plant resisting heat and drought to a far (p. 018) greater extent than most plants.
M was a Miser, and hoarded up gold; N was a Nobleman, gallant and bold.
Smith's method usually gives good results, as does also the more simple method of Hiss (p. 263).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
De secretis operibus artis et naturae, et de nullitate magiae, p. 533 (Brewer).The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for pin (1 of 3)
- a short stiff straight piece of wire pointed at one end and either rounded or having a flattened head at the other: used mainly for fastening pieces of cloth, paper, etc, esp temporarily
- (in combination)pinhole
- See belaying pin
- the axle of a sheave
- the sliding closure for a shackle
- the cylindrical part of a key that enters a lock
- the cylindrical part of a lock where this part of the key fits
Word Origin for pin
British Dictionary definitions for pin (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for pin (3 of 3)
Medical definitions for pin
Other Idioms and Phrases with pin
In addition to the idioms beginning with pin
- pin back one's ears
- pin down
- pin money
- pin on
- pin one's heart on
- pin one's hopes on
- pin someone's ears back
- hear a pin drop
- on pins and needles