Definition of pincushion in English:


Syllabification: pin·cush·ion
Pronunciation: /ˈpinˌko͝oSHən


  • 1A small cushion into which pins are stuck for convenient storage.
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    • Or have you stuck them like pincushions with all your needles?
    • Frowning, she takes the pin out of her mouth and sticks it into a soft strawberry-shaped pincushion.
    • They began to make floral designs with their glass beads and applied these new shapes to many useful things, including pincushions, handbags, sewing cases, and clothing.
  • 1.1 (also pincushion distortion) A form of optical distortion in which straight lines along the edge of a screen or a lens bulge toward the center.
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    • Examining the camera we noted no astigmatism, curvature of field, rolling distortion, or pincushion distortion.
    • Focusing the scopes on the distant brick wall with its very distinct vertical and horizontal lines, we checked for pincushion distortion (lines bowing in) and barrel distortion (lines bowing out).
    • However I did note a small amount of pincushion distortion.

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