A straight pin.
- The definition of a pin is something small used for holding things together or for support.
- An example of a pin is what women use to hold their hair in up-do hairstyles.
- An example of a pin is what you would use to attach a piece of paper to a corkboard.
- Pin is defined as to fasten or attach two of more things together.
An example of to pin is a seamstress attaching two pieces of fabric together before sewing them.
- a peg of wood, metal, etc., used esp. for fastening or holding things together or as a support on which to hang things
- a little piece of stiff wire with a pointed end and a flattened or rounded head, used for fastening things together or holding them in place; straight pin
- something worthless or insignificant; trifle
- a pointed instrument for holding the hair, a hat, etc. in place
- clothespin, safety pin, cotter pin, etc.
- anything like a pin in form, use, etc.
- an ornament, badge, or emblem having a pin or clasp with which it is fastened to the clothing
- Informal the leg: usually used in pl.
- Bowling any of the bottle-shaped pieces of wood, or wood coated with plastic, at which the ball is rolled
- Golf a pole with a flag attached, placed in the hole of a green to mark its location
- Med. a metal rod used to hold a broken bone together
- Music any of the pegs for regulating the tension of the strings of a piano, harp, etc.
- any of various pegs or rods used to secure ropes
- Wrestling fall (noun)
Origin of pinMiddle English pyn from Old English pinn, akin to Middle High German pfinne, a nail, probably from Indo-European base an unverified form bend-, projecting point from source Middle Irish benn, peak
transitive verbpinned, pin′ning
- to fasten with or as with a pin
- to pierce with a pin
- to hold firmly in one place or position
- Slang to give one's fraternity pin to, as an informal token of betrothal
- to get (someone) to make a decision, commitment, etc.
- to determine or confirm (a fact, details, etc.)
pin someone's ears back
pin something on someone
Origin of PINp(ersonal) i(dentification) n(umber)
- a. A short, straight, stiff piece of wire with a blunt head and a sharp point, used especially for fastening.b. Something, such as a safety pin, that resembles such a piece of wire in shape or use.c. A whit; a jot: didn't care a pin about the matter.
- A slender, usually cylindrical piece of wood or metal for holding or fastening parts together, or serving as a support for suspending one thing from another, as:a. A thin rod for securing the ends of fractured bones.b. A peg for fixing the crown to the root of a tooth.c. A cotter pin.d. The part of a key stem entering a lock.e. Music One of the pegs securing the strings and regulating their tension on a stringed instrument.f. Nautical A belaying pin.g. Nautical A thole pin.
- An ornament fastened to clothing by means of a clasp.
- A rolling pin.
- Sports a. One of the wooden clubs at which the ball is aimed in bowling.b. A flagstick.c. See fall.
- pins Informal The legs: is steady on his pins.
- Electronics A lead on a device that plugs into a socket to connect the device to a system.
- Computers a. Any of the pegs on the platen of a printer, which engage holes at the edges of paper.b. Any of the styluses that form a dot matrix on a printer.c. Any of the small metal prongs at the end of a connector that fit into the holes in a port.
transitive verbpinned, pin·ning, pins
- To fasten or secure with or as if with a pin or pins.
- To transfix.
- To place in a position of trusting dependence: He pinned his faith on an absurdity.
- a. To hold fast; immobilize: He was pinned under the wreckage of the truck.b. Sports To win a fall from in wrestling.
- To give (a woman) a fraternity pin in token of attachment.
Origin of pinMiddle English from Old English pinn perhaps from Latin pinna feather ; see pet- in Indo-European roots.
- A small device, made (usually) of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flattened or rounded into a head, used for fastening.
- A small nail with a head and a sharp point.
- A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.
- Pull the pin out of the grenade before throwing it at the enemy.
- A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.
- (in plural pins; informal) A leg.
- I'm not so good on my pins these days.
- (electricity) Any of the individual connecting elements of a multipole electrical connector.
- The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity has three pins.
- A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.
- (US) A simple accessory that can be attached to clothing with a pin or fastener, often round and bearing a design, logo or message, and used for decoration, identification or to show political affiliation, etc.
- (chess) A scenario in which moving a lesser piece to escape from attack would expose a more valuable piece to attack.
- (curling) The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)
- The shot landed right on the pin.
- (dated) A mood, a state of being.
- One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each person should drink.
- A thing of small value; a trifle.
- A peg in musical instruments for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.
- (engineering) A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.
- The tenon of a dovetail joint.
(third-person singular simple present pins, present participle pinning, simple past and past participle pinned)
- (often followed by a preposition such as to or on) To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.
- (chess, usually in the passive) To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.
- (wrestling) To pin down (someone).
- To enclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
- (computing, graphical user interface) To attach (an icon, application, etc.) to another item.
- to pin a window to the Taskbar
- Alternative form of peen.
From Middle English pinne, from Old English pinn (“pin, peg, bolt"), from Proto-Germanic *pinnaz, *pinnÅ, *pint- (“protruding point, peak, peg, pin, nail"), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“protruding object, pointed peg, nail, edge"). Cognate with Dutch pin (“peg, pin"), Low German pin, pinne (“pin, point, nail, peg"), German Pinn, Pinne (“pin, tack, peg"), Bavarian Pfonzer, Pfunzer (“sharpened point"), Danish pind (“pin, pointed stick"), Norwegian pinn (“knitting-needle"), Swedish pinne (“peg, rod, stick"), Icelandic pinni (“pin"). More at pintle.
No relation to classical Latin pinna (“fin, flipper, wing-like appendage, wing, feather"), which was extended to mean "ridge, peak, point" (compare pinnacle), and often confused with Latin penna (“wing, feather"). More at feather.
- personal identification number.
pin - Computer Definition
A type of diode used as a light detector in optical transmission systems. A PIN comprises three layers of semiconducting material in the forward current-carrying direction. The first layer is chemically doped, i.e., infused with impurities, to create a positive (p) electromagnetic region.The second layer is either undoped or lightly doped to retain its intrinsic (i) properties and, therefore, is neither strongly positive nor strongly negative. The third layer is doped to create a negative (n) electromagnetic region. So, the diode structure is Positive, Intrinsic, and Negative, or PIN. A PIN generates a single electron from each photon received and, therefore, does not provide a significant gain, or increase in signal strength. However, PINs are fairly rugged and inexpensive. PINs generally are matched with light-emitting diode (LED) and vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) light sources and multimode (MMF) glass optical fiber (GOF) or plastic optical fiber (POF) in relatively low speed, short haul fiber optic transmission systems (FOTS). See also diode, dopant, FOTS, GOF, laser diode, LED, light detector, MMF, POF, and VCSEL.
(1) The male lead on a chip or cable connector. Each pin is plugged into its female counterpart to complete the circuit. The number of pins reflects the number of wires, or pathways, that carry signals. See plugs and sockets.
(2) (PIN) (Personal Identification Number) A type of password used for authentication. Typically four to six digits, the PIN is used to authenticate ATM and debit cards. The PIN may be the only authentication mechanism required, or it may be used with another password. See passcode and password.
(3) To place an object onto a home screen or home page. For example, in Windows and Windows Phone, "Pin to Start" means to place an application icon onto the Start screen. See Pinterest.
(4) (PIN) (Processor Independent NetWare) A version of NetWare 4.1 designed for portability to multiple platforms. Development was stopped in early 1995.