PINS

[ pinz ]
/ pɪnz /

noun

a person of less than 16 years of age placed under the jurisdiction of a juvenile court because of habitual disobedience, intractability, or antisocial but noncriminal behavior.

Origin of PINS

P(erson) I(n) N(eed of) S(upervision)

Definition for pins (2 of 3)

Origin of pin

before 1100; (noun) Middle English pinne, Old English pinn “peg”; cognate with Dutch pin, German Pinne, Old Norse pinni; perhaps frrom Latin pinna “feather, quill” (see pinna); (verb) Middle English pinnen, derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR pin

1 bolt, peg.

Related forms

re·pin, verb (used with object), re·pinned, re·pin·ning.

Definition for pins (3 of 3)

PIN

[ pin ]
/ pɪn /

noun Computers.

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.

Origin of PIN

p(ersonal) i(dentification) n(umber)
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British Dictionary definitions for pins (1 of 2)

PIN

/ (pɪn) /

n acronym for

personal identification number: a number used by a holder of a cash card or credit card used in EFTPOS

British Dictionary definitions for pins (2 of 2)

pin

/ (pɪn) /

noun

verb pins, pinning or pinned (tr)

See also pin down

Word Origin for pin

Old English pinn; related to Old High German pfinn, Old Norse pinni nail
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Medicine definitions for pins

pin

[ pĭn ]

n.

A thin rod for securing the ends of fractured bones.
A peg for fixing the crown to the root of a tooth.

v.

To fasten or secure with a pin or pins.
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Idioms and Phrases with pins

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

also see:

  • hear a pin drop
  • on pins and needles
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