a small, slender, often pointed piece of wood, metal, etc., used to fasten, support, or attach things.
a short, slender piece of wire with a point at one end and a head at the other, for fastening things together.
any of various forms of fasteners or ornaments consisting essentially or partly of a pointed or penetrating wire or shaft (often used in combination): a jeweled pin.
a badge having a pointed bar or pin attached, by which it is fastened to the clothing: a fraternity pin.
Digital Technology. a photo or link that is bookmarked on Pinterest, a website and mobile application: She added 5 pins to her recipes board.
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 axle, as one on which a pulley rotates in a block.
the part of a cylindrical key stem entering a lock.
a peg, nail, or stud marking the center of a target.
Bowling. any one of the rounded wooden clubs set up as the target in tenpins, ninepins, duckpins, etc.
Golf. the flag staff which identifies a hole.
any of the projecting knobs or rails on a pinball machine that serve as targets for the ball.
Informal. a human leg.
Music. peg (def. 5).
Wrestling. a fall.
an axle for a sheave of a block.
Carpentry. a tenon in a dovetail joint; dovetail.
a very small amount; a trifle: Such insincere advice isn't worth a pin.
Chess. the immobilization of an enemy piece by attacking with one's queen, rook, or bishop.
Electronics. a pin-shaped connection, as the terminals on the base of an electron tube or the connections on an integrated circuit.
to fasten or attach with or as with a pin or pins: to pin two pieces of cloth together.
to hold fast in a spot or position (sometimes followed by down): The debris pinned him down.
to transfix or mount with a pin or the like: to pin a flower as a botanical specimen.
Chess. to immobilize (an enemy piece) by placing one's queen, rook, or bishop in a position to check the exposed king or capture a valuable piece if the pinned piece were moved.
Wrestling. to secure a fall over one's opponent.
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.
Digital Technology. to bookmark a photo or link on Pinterest: I've been pinning a lot lately.
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.
pin in, to fill (gaps in a rubble wall, etc.) with spalls.
pin up, to make (a piece of masonry) level or plumb with wedges.
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.
pin something on someone, Informal. to ascribe the blame or guilt for something to a person; show someone to be culpable: They pinned the crime on him.
pull the pin, Informal. to end a relationship, project, program, or the like, because of lack of continuing interest, success, funds, etc.
- re·pin, verb (used with object), re·pinned, re·pin·ning.
Other definitions for PIN (2 of 2)
a number assigned to an individual, used to establish identity in order to gain access to a computer system via an automatic teller machine, a point-of-sale terminal, or other device.
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How to use pin in a sentence
Lastly, I put the door back in place and drove the pins through the hinges.Build your own door and ascend to a higher level of DIY | Courtney Starr | November 20, 2020 | Popular-Science
However, one issue Greenberg said he sees with this model is that it’s hard to pin-point exactly how many people are watching, how long they watched and who those people are.‘Not reinventing the content wheel’: Why Meredith is admitting its videos into doctors’ offices | Kayleigh Barber | November 10, 2020 | Digiday
Install the newly waxed chain on a clean drivetrain, using the dedicated connecting pin or quick link that comes with the chain—the one you swished in the wax.
I keep a clothes pin in my purse and clip my grocery list to the cart.Hints From Heloise: Keeping reusable grocery bags free of germs | Heloise Heloise | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
The diabolical ironclad beetle is notorious among entomologists for being so fantastically durable that it bends the steel pins usually used to mount insects for display, says entomologist Michael Caterino of Clemson University in South Carolina.The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Here’s how | Maria Temming | October 21, 2020 | Science News
Presumably, had the deputies who pinned Saylor wore body cameras, video evidence would have helped determine what happened to him.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The deputies pinned Saylor to the ground, and he died of asphyxiation.How the U.S. Justice System Screws Prisoners with Disabilities | Elizabeth Picciuto | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was pinned to the cement for his refusal to go along with an arrest for selling loose cigarettes.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner | Mike Barnicle | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Cooper had little Alexis pose for a picture on the exact spot there Garner was pinned.‘I Can’t Breathe!’ ‘I Can’t Breathe!’ A Moral Indictment of Cop Culture | Michael Daly | December 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was astonishing yesterday that he pinned the blame for the attacks on Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader.After the Israel Synagogue Massacre: A New Intifada? | Michael Tomasky | November 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He was flung down heavily, and pinned prone in a corner by one of those bullies who knelt on his spine.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Besides those who have pinned their faith to the thicknesses, there are those who take up with the "air mass" theory.Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
To the lapel of his coat they had pinned a paper on which was written, "The fate that awaits all Kansas Jayhawkers."The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Collars or sleeves, pinned over or tightly strained to meet, will entirely mar the effect of the prettiest dress.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
The string of pearls was coiled up in the midst of the roll of soiled muslin and the badge was pinned to one of the folds.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
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
an ornamental brooch, esp a narrow one
a badge worn fastened to the clothing by a pin
something of little or no importance (esp in the phrases not care or give a pin (for))
a peg or dowel
anything resembling a pin in shape, function, etc
(in various bowling games) a usually club-shaped wooden object set up in groups as a target
Also called: cotter pin, safety pin a clip on a hand grenade that prevents its detonation until removed or released
See belaying pin
the axle of a sheave
the sliding closure for a shackle
music a metal tuning peg on a piano, the end of which is inserted into a detachable key by means of which it is turned
surgery a metal rod, esp of stainless steel, for holding together adjacent ends of fractured bones during healing
chess a position in which a piece is pinned against a more valuable piece or the king
golf the flagpole marking the hole on a green
the cylindrical part of a key that enters a lock
the cylindrical part of a lock where this part of the key fits
wrestling a position in which a person is held tight or immobile, esp with both shoulders touching the ground
a dovetail tenon used to make a dovetail joint
(in Britain) a miniature beer cask containing 4 1/2 gallons
(usually plural) informal a leg
be put to the pin on one's collar Irish to be forced to make an extreme effort
to attach, hold, or fasten with or as if with a pin or pins
to transfix with a pin, spear, etc
(foll by on) informal to place (the blame for something): he pinned the charge on his accomplice
chess to cause (an enemy piece) to be effectively immobilized by attacking it with a queen, rook, or bishop so that moving it would reveal a check or expose a more valuable piece to capture
Also: underpin to support (masonry), as by driving in wedges over a beam
- See also pin down
British Dictionary definitions for p-i-n (2 of 3)
p-type, intrinsic, n-type: a form of construction of semiconductor devices
British Dictionary definitions for PIN (3 of 3)
personal identification number: a number used by a holder of a cash card or credit card used in EFTPOS
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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
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