- 1The outer part of a bird’s wing including the flight feathers.More example sentences
- Buglike, and reminding me of dragonfly wings were two long pinions, and just under them were two more.
- The shadows melded to her as though painted on by the pinions of angel wings.
- An avian lieutenant with gray pinions chose this moment to arrive, ‘We assumed they would light once they hit the ground.’
- 1.1 • literary A bird’s wing as used in flight.More example sentences
- Nor the pride, nor ample pinion, That the Theban Eagle bear, Sailing with supreme dominion Thro' the azure deep of air.
- Far as eagle's pinion, or dove's light wing can soar.
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- 1Restrain or immobilize (someone) by tying up or holding their arms or legs: he was pinioned to the groundMore example sentences
- The matronly Judith, unable to hack off Holofernes's head, carves through it with businesslike concentration, pinioning him to the blood-weltering bed with the help of her equally brutish maidservant.
- Finally, with a magnificent sense of the dramatic, we were pinioned by headlights against a wall in a blind alley.
- Oh, Mr. Goose, it appears that you are pinioned behind a wall of chain!
- 1.1Tie up or hold (the arms or legs) of a person: I struggled to rise but my arms were pinionedMore example sentences
- But before he could finish his sentence, he felt his legs pinioned by a frantic set of arms.
- Mara was behind it in a flash, pinioning the figure's arms to its sides.
- Though her arms were pinioned back by the soldiers, she threw herself on her knees before the ruler.
- 2Cut off the pinion of (a wing or bird) to prevent flight.More example sentences
- Swans are caught and their wings' flight feathers are clipped, or pinioned.
late Middle English: from Old French pignon, based on Latin pinna, penna 'feather'.
- A small cogwheel or spindle engaging with a large cogwheel.More example sentences
- It is used for railroad frogs, for steel mill coupling housings, pinions, spindles, and for dipper lips of power shovels operating in quarries.
- Manganese bronzes are specified for marine propellers and fittings, pinions, ball-bearing races, worm wheels, gear-shift forks and architectural work.
- The mechanism is almost entirely made of wood, with the movement, frame and wheels in oak, the pendulum in mahogany, and the spindles and pinions in boxwood.
mid 17th century: from French pignon, alteration of obsolete pignol, from Latin pinea 'pine cone', from pinus 'pine'.