- 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
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.
The deputies pinned Saylor to the ground, and he died of asphyxiation.
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 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
- 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