Origin of PINS
Definition for pins (2 of 3)
- 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.
Origin of pin
Definition for pins (3 of 3)
Origin of PIN
Examples from the Web for pins
UniKey has set out to replace all your keys, passwords and pins.Smartphone Technology Lets Users Lock and Unlock Their Front Doors Remotely|CNBC|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Display people are specialists in pins and different kinds of nails and adhesives,” Hoey said.
According to a study conducted by Pivotal Labs, the brand receives an average of 400 pins and more than 3,600 repins per day.Cara Delevingne Gets Another Tattoo; Fashion Influencers Top Forbes Most Powerful Women|The Fashion Beast Team|May 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
After four long hours of no movement, “pins and needles” doesn't even begin to describe it.
Lynn Myers from Pennsylvania bedecked his Soviet fur hat with Obama pins.
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
And this took place after having met Alison Device and refused to sell her any pins.Witch Stories|E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
These pins must be so placed that there will be no danger of them mashing the type.The Boy Craftsman|A. Neely Hall
Fit the wig on Miss Muffett's head, holding it in place with pins until you can tie it on just back of the curls (Fig. 161).Indoor and Outdoor Recreations for Girls|Lina Beard
Then Hans, as a result of his previous instruction (so Mr. von Osten thought) would give two taps at sight of the pins.Clever Hans|Oskar Pfungst
British Dictionary definitions for pins (1 of 2)
n acronym for
British Dictionary definitions for pins (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
Word Origin and History for pins (1 of 3)
late Old English pinn "peg, bolt," from Proto-Germanic *penn- "jutting point or peak" (cf. Old Saxon pin "peg," Old Norse pinni "peg, tack," Middle Dutch pin "pin, peg," Old High German pfinn, German Pinne "pin, tack") from Latin pinna "a feather, plume;" in plural "a wing;" also "fin, scoop of a water wheel;" also "a pinnacle; a promontory, cape; battlement" (e.g. in Luke iv:9 in Vulgate) and so applied to "points" of various sorts, from PIE *pet- (see pen (n.1)).
Latin pinna and penna "a feather, plume," in plural "a wing," are treated as identical in Watkins, etc., but regarded as separate (but confused) Latin words by Tucker and others, who derive pinna from PIE *spei- "sharp point" (cf. spike (n.1)) and see the "feather/wing" sense as secondary.
The modern slender wire pin is first attested by this name late 14c. Transferred sense of "leg" is recorded from 1520s and hold the older sense. Pin-money "annual sum allotted to a woman for personal expenses on dress, etc." is attested from 1620s. Pins and needles "tingling sensation" is from 1810. The sound of a pin dropping as a type of something all but silent is from 1775.
Word Origin and History for pins (1 of 3)
acronym for personal identification number, 1981, from the first reference used with redundant number.
Word Origin and History for pins (2 of 3)
mid-14c., "to affix with a pin," from pin (n.). Figurative use from 1570s. Related: Pinned; pinning. Sense of "to hold someone or something down so he or it cannot escape" is attested from 1740. In U.S., as a reference to the bestowal of a fraternity pin on a female student as an indication of a relationship, it is attested by 1938. Phrase pin down "define" is from 1951.
Medicine definitions for pins
Idioms and Phrases with pins
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