- 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.
verb (used with object), pinned, pin·ning.
- 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.
verb (used without object), pinned, pin·ning.
- 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.
- (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
Related formsre·pin, verb (used with object), re·pinned, re·pin·ning.
Examples from the Web for pinned
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|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|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|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|DAILY BEAST
“He pinned me against the wall by my throat,” Henderson said, after he interpreted her laughter as directed at him.Digital Harassment Is the New Means of Domestic Abuse|Keli Goff|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I pinned a clean towel round my neck, barber fashion, and pulling the pins out of my hair, shook it down over my shoulders.The Motor Maid|Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
But Why-Why merely lifted his hand, and in a moment a spear flew from it which pinned his denouncer ignominiously to a pine-tree.In the Wrong Paradise|Andrew Lang
The three small petals should be arranged around the covered loop of wire and pinned in place before sewing.Make Your Own Hats|Gene Allen Martin
But I pinned my gastronomic hopes on London, that city famed of old for the plenteous prodigality of its victualling facilities.Eating in Two or Three Languages|Irvin S. Cobb
Sheila pinned her with steady eyes, while her mouth looked as if it could never grow gentle and demure again.Leerie|Ruth Sawyer
British Dictionary definitions for pinned (1 of 2)
n acronym for
British Dictionary definitions for pinned (2 of 2)
- 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
verb pins, pinning or pinned (tr)
Word Origin for pin
Medicine definitions for pinned
Idioms and Phrases with pinned
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