Pinion is defined as the outer sections of a bird's wings, or is a small gear that engages with a larger gear.noun
- When a robin is flying through the air, the outer part of the robin's wings that you see is an example of pinion.
- When a clock has two gears, one large and one small, and the small one moves in conjunction with the large one, this is an example of pinion.
Pinion is to restrain someone's arms or legs.verb
When you tie someone's arms to a post to restrain his arms, this is an example of a time when you pinion.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
Origin: Fr pignon < VL *pinnio < L pinna, bucket of a paddle wheel, lit., feather, var. of penna (see pen): assoc. in MFr with peigner, to comb: see peignoir
- the last bony section of a bird's wing
- Old Poet. a wing
- Old Poet. any wing feather
Origin: ME pynyon < OFr pignon, var. of penon < L pinna, penna: see pen
- to cut off or bind the pinions of (a bird) to keep it from flying
- to bind (the wings)
- to disable or impede by binding the arms of
- to confine or shackle
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- The wing of a bird.
- The outer rear edge of the wing of a bird, containing the primary feathers.
- A primary feather of a bird.
- a. To remove or bind the wing feathers of (a bird) to prevent flight.b. To cut or bind (the wings of a bird).
- a. To restrain or immobilize (a person) by binding the arms.b. To bind (a person's arms).
- To bind fast or hold down; shackle.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French pignon, from Vulgar Latin *pinniō, pinniōn-, from Latin penna, pinna, feather; see pinna.
Origin: French pignon, from Old French peignon, probably from peigne, comb, from Latin pecten, from pectere, to comb.