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pins (1)

Old English pinn, from Germanic *penn-, borrowed from classical Latin penna ‘feather, wing’. Cognate with Dutch pin, German Pinne, Norwegian pinn ‘knitting-needle’.



pin (plural pins)

  1. 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.
  2. A small nail with a head and a sharp point.
  3. A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.
  4. A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.
  5. (in plural pins; informal) A leg.
    I'm not so good on my pins these days
  6. Any of the individual connecting elements of a multi-pole electrical connector.
    The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity is has three pins.
  7. A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.
  8. (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.
  9. (chess) A scenario in which the movement of a lesser piece that is under attack and moves away would reveal a more valuable piece.
  10. (curling) The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)
    The shot landed right on the pin.

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