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pin British & World English

A thin piece of metal with a sharp point at one end and a round head at the other, used for fastening pieces of cloth, paper, etc.

PIN British & World English

Personal identification number

pin English Thesaurus

fasten the hem with a pin

PIN New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

personal identification number

nail one's colours to the mast British & World English

Declare one’s beliefs or intentions openly

personal identification number British & World English

A number allocated to an individual and used to validate electronic transactions

PIN in personal identification number British & World English

A number allocated to an individual and used to validate electronic transactions

pin-up British & World English

A poster showing a famous or attractive person

pin-up New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(hyphen, two words as verb)

pin oak British & World English

A North American oak with deeply lobed, toothed leaves. Its dead branches remain in position and resemble pegs fixed in the trunk

bobby pin British & World English

A kind of sprung hairpin or small clip

drift pin British & World English

A steel pin driven into a hole in a piece of metal to enlarge, shape, or align the hole

panel pin British & World English

A light, thin nail with a very small head

pin block British & World English

The part of a piano or harpsichord holding the tuning pins

pin curl British & World English

A curl which has been held by a hairpin while setting

pin-high British & World English

(Of a ball) at the same distance from the tee as the hole, but off to one side

pin money British & World English

A small sum of money for spending on inessentials

split pin British & World English

A metal cotter pin with two arms passed through a hole, held in place by the springing apart of the arms

taper pin British & World English

A short round metal rod having a small degree of taper which enables it to act as a stop or wedge when driven into a hole

wrest pin British & World English

A pin to which the strings of a piano or harpsichord are attached

cotter pin British & World English

A metal pin used to fasten two parts of a mechanism together

drawing pin British & World English

A short flat-headed pin, used for fastening paper to a wall or other surface

firing pin British & World English

The part of a firearm’s mechanism that strikes the primer of a cartridge to ignite the charge and fire the weapon

gudgeon pin British & World English

A pin holding a piston rod and a connecting rod together

pin bullock British & World English

A bullock which is one of a pair or four harnessed to the ends of the poles of the vehicle which they are pulling

pin feather British & World English

An immature feather, before the veins have expanded and while the shaft is full of fluid

rolling pin British & World English

A cylinder rolled over pastry or dough to flatten or shape it

safety pin British & World English

A pin with a point that is bent back to the head and is held in a guard when closed

tuning pin British & World English

A pin to which the strings of a piano or harpsichord are attached

belaying pin British & World English

A fixed pin used on board ship and in rock climbing to secure a rope which is fastened around it

chip and PIN British & World English

A way of paying for goods by debit or credit card whereby one enters one’s personal identification number in an electronic device rather than signing a slip

pin someone down British & World English

Force someone to be specific or make a commitment

pin something down British & World English

Define or identify something precisely

pin something on British & World English

Attribute the blame or responsibility for something to (someone)

clean as a new pin British & World English

Extremely clean or neat

be able to hear a pin drop British & World English

Used to describe absolute silence or stillness

pin something on in pin British & World English

Attribute the blame or responsibility for something to (someone)

duckpin British & World English

A short, squat bowling pin

hatpin British & World English

A long pin, typically with an ornamental head, that holds a woman’s hat in position by securing it to her hair

pinhead British & World English

The round head of a pin

pinout British & World English

A diagram showing the arrangement of pins on an integrated circuit and their functions

pintuck British & World English

A very narrow ornamental tuck in a garment


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