- a gear with a small number of teeth, especially one engaging with a rack or larger gear.
- a shaft or spindle cut with teeth engaging with a gear.
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Origin of pinion1
OTHER WORDS FROM pinionpin·ion·less, adjectivepin·ion·like, adjective
Words nearby pinion
Definition for pinion (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
Origin of pinion2
OTHER WORDS FROM pinionun·pin·ioned, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for pinion
It is with our body as it is with a watch which indicates the hours, and which goes not if the spring or a pinion be broken.Letters To Eugenia|Paul Henri Thiry Holbach
The foam and the fangs and the flowers,The raving and ravenous rage Of a poet as pinion'd in powersAs a condor confined in a cage!The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
The man kicked him ferociously in the breast before the attacker managed to pinion the legs in his arms.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day
Clock-pinion; which may be used for either nicking, piecing, or squaring-off purposes.
Then draw a vertical line (A) midway between the marks of the line 2, and this will be the center of the main pinion.