- Pinion is defined as the outer sections of a bird's wings, or is a small gear that engages with a larger gear.
- 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.
When you tie someone's arms to a post to restrain his arms, this is an example of a time when you pinion.
Origin of pinionFrench pignon ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pinnio ; from Classical Latin pinna, bucket of a paddle wheel, literally , feather, variant, variety of penna (see pen): associated, association in Middle French with peigner, to comb: see peignoir
- Ornithology the outermost section of a bird's wing
- Old Poet. a wing
- Old Poet. any wing feather
Origin of pinionMiddle English pynyon ; from Old French pignon, variant, variety of penon ; from Classical Latin 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
- 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.
transitive verbpin·ioned, pin·ion·ing, pin·ions
- 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 of pinionMiddle English, from Old French pignon, from Vulgar Latin *pinni&omacron;, pinni&omacron;n-, from Latin penna, pinna, feather; see pinna.
Origin of pinionFrench pignon, from Old French peignon, probably from peigne, comb, from Latin pecten, from pectere, to comb.
(third-person singular simple present pinions, present participle pinioning, simple past and past participle pinioned)
- The smallest gear in a gear drive train.
From French pignon.