Definition of pincushion in English:

pincushion

Line breaks: pin|cush¦ion
Pronunciation: /ˈpɪnkʊʃ(ə)n
 
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noun

1A small pad for holding pins.
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  • Vibrantly colored beadwork spilled across the fabric of souvenir pincushions, picture frames and wallpockets designed to appeal to throngs of eager tourists.
  • These remarkably beautiful beaded pieces are presented alongside an astonishing array of objects created expressly for the Victorian tourist market, including pincushions, photo frames, decorative boxes and wall pieces.
  • Ray showed his young viewers how to make everything from pup pencil holders, to mushroom pincushions, to stocking mice.
2 (also pincushion distortion) [mass noun] A form of optical distortion in which straight lines along the edge of a screen or a lens bulge towards the centre.
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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.
3 (also pincushion protea) South African An African shrub or tree related to the proteas, with rounded flower heads that resemble pincushions.
  • Genus Leucospermum, family Proteaceae
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  • The seeds of the pincushion protea are buried in the ground by ants, and germinate only when mature plants have been killed by fire.
  • The salvia has receded, but the radicchio is still coming up, and I have phlox and pincushions, and there's an evergreen and some holly there in the back.
  • They do also feed from pincushion proteas, but do not damage the flowers significantly because the bracts are too narrow to be pierced or scratched by the birds' claws.

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