American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The wing of a bird.
- n. The outer rear edge of the wing of a bird, containing the primary feathers.
- n. A primary feather of a bird.
- v. To remove or bind the wing feathers of (a bird) to prevent flight.
- v. To cut or bind (the wings of a bird).
- v. To restrain or immobilize (a person) by binding the arms.
- v. To bind (a person's arms).
- v. To bind fast or hold down; shackle.
- n. A small cogwheel that engages or is engaged by a larger cogwheel or a rack.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A feather; especially, a remex or flight-feather.
- n. The wing of a bird, or the flight-feathers collectively.
- n. Technically, in ornithology, the joint of a bird's wing furthest from the body; the distal segment of the wing; the manus, consisting of the carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges, collectively bearing the primary remiges, or largest flight-feathers, and the alula or bastard-wing. Most adult birds show the seven separate bones of the pinion here figured; but in a few adults, and probably in all embryos, the osseous elements are more numerous.
- n. In entomology, one of various moths: as, the brown-spot pinion, Anchocelis litura.
- n. [⟨ pinion, verb] A shackle or band for the arm.
- To bind or confine the wings of (a bird); restrain or confine by binding the wings, or by cutting off the pinions; bind or confine (the wings). A very common but cruel method of pinioning, practised especially upon geese by poulterers, is to twist the pinion over the next joint of the wing, where it is confined by the primaries resting upon the secondaries.
- To bind or confine the arm or arms of (a person) to the body so as to disable or render incapable of resistance; shackle.
- To bind; attach as by bonds or shackles.
- n. A small wheel with cogs or teeth which engage the teeth of a larger wheel with cogs or teeth, or sometimes only an arbor or spindle having notches or leaves, which are caught successively by the teeth of the wheel, and the motion thereby communicated. See also cut under pawl-press.
- n. Same as piñon.
- n. One of two wings or flat projections of any kind.
- n. The smallest gear in a gear drive train.
- n. A wing.
- n. The joint of a bird's wing farthest from the body
- n. The outermost primary feathers on a bird's wing.
- v. To remove the joint of a bird's wing farthest from the body to prevent the bird from flying.
- v. To restrain by binding or holding the arms.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A moth of the genus Lithophane, as Lithophane antennata, whose larva bores large holes in young peaches and apples.
- n. A feather; a quill.
- n. A wing, literal or figurative.
- n. The joint of bird's wing most remote from the body.
- n. A fetter for the arm.
- n. (Mech.) A cogwheel with a small number of teeth, or leaves, adapted to engage with a larger wheel, or rack (see Rack); esp., such a wheel having its leaves formed of the substance of the arbor or spindle which is its axis.
- v. To bind or confine the wings of; to confine by binding the wings.
- v. To disable by cutting off the pinion joint.
- v. To disable or restrain, as a person, by binding the arms, esp. by binding the arms to the body.
- v. Hence, generally, to confine; to bind; to tie up.
- n. any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
- v. bind the arms of
- v. cut the wings off (of birds)
- n. a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack
- n. wing of a bird
- From French pignon. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French pignon, from Vulgar Latin *pinniō, pinniōn-, from Latin penna, pinna, feather; see pinna.French pignon, from Old French peignon, probably from peigne, comb, from Latin pecten, from pectere, to comb. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Some manufacturers use the word "gear" for "pinion," so that, in ordering, they call them _gear_ and _pinion_, in speaking of the large and small wheels.”
“Translation: the Democratic and Republican foreign policy establishments draw their ideas from the same well, and public opinion for them public pinion is just an insignificant nuisance.”
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“He found some alleviation from self-torment in _David Copperfield_, and he determined to borrow a feather from 'the master's' pinion -- in other words, to place an autobiographical novel to his credit.”
“A species of wire is made, the section of which resembles a star with from six to twelve rays; this is called pinion wire, and is used by the clockmakers.”
“The "pinion" is the outer rear edge of the wing of a bird.”
“Ñ-- ny, stronger than _ni_ in "pinion," as Niño (child), Caña (cane), El otoño (autumn).”
“In order to drive the gear, I, at one speed or another, as may be demanded, it is only necessary to apply the pinion, H, to the neck of that secondary pinion which is turning at the appropriate speed and then turn the shell bodily around the axle until the external pinion is carried into engagement with gear I, when the shell is again locked fast.”
“Yas, sar; my 'pinion 'bout dat place, boss, am dat it was dug out.”
“With that, everybody hopped up, for Mr. Kimball's "'pinion" was law in such a case.”
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