Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A pin or a bolt on which another part pivots.
  • n. Nautical The pin on which a rudder turns.
  • n. The pin on which a gun carriage revolves.
  • n. A hook or a bolt on the rear of a towing vehicle for attaching a gun or trailer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The penis.
  • n. A pin or bolt, usually vertical, which acts as a pivot for a hinge or a rudder.
  • n. An iron pin used to control recoil of a cannon or around which a gun carriage revolves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little pin.
  • n. An upright pivot pin.
  • n. The pivot pin of a hinge.
  • n. A hook or pin on which a rudder hangs and turns.
  • n. A pivot about which the chassis swings, in some kinds of gun carriages.
  • n. A kingbolt of a wagon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pin upon which anything revolves, or which holds two things together while one or both are free to move in a certain way.
  • n. The penis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pin or bolt forming the pivot of a hinge

Etymologies

Middle English pintel, penis, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English pintil, from Old English pintel ("penis"), from Proto-Germanic *pint- (“protusion”), from Proto-Indo-European *bend- (“peg, tip, protruding point, edge”), equivalent to pin +‎ -le. Cognate with Middle Low German pint ("male member, penis"), West Flemish pint ("tip"), Norwegian dialectal pintol ("penis"). More at pin, pen. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The parts of the hinges are called the pintle (the pin) and gudgeon (the opening into which the pin fits).

    Sailing Fundamentals

  • Many such muskets come with a inherent pintle mount so that they can be braced while standing; it requires a move action to set up the pintle.

    Firearms for Pathfinder « Geek Related

  • Or isnt a Westland Wessex with pintle mounted GPMGs aeither a "helicopter" or a "gunship" in your book?

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • I ate ramps and spinach and pintle shoots and fiddleheads, everything green and full of life.

    Wildfire

  • I found fat pintle shoots poking through dead leaves, fiddleheads in bracken beds, and lily bulbs.

    Wildfire

  • Quoth her sister Dunyazad, “Finish for us thy story;” and she answered, “With joy and goodly greet” It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that the damsels stinted not saying to the Porter “Thy prickle, thy pintle, thy pizzle,” and he ceased not kissing and biting and hugging until his heart was satisfied, and they laughed on till they could no more.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • All laughed at his words till they fell on their backs, and one said, “Thy pintle!”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Furthermore, the vehicle can be armed with four pintle mounted machine guns – two more than the WIMIK.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Note the addition of a GPMG on the pintle mounting.

    Archive 2007-06-01

  • Under intense enemy fire, he recognized the immediate need to suppress the enemy fire and exited the air sentry hatch to man the pintle-mounted machine gun.

    Archive 2006-10-01

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  • "'...gaff enough to spread a tolerable mizen. Enough, at all events, to sail with the wind ahead at a moderate pace without straining the rudder right off its pintles; and if it ain't elegant, why, be damned to elegance.'

    'What are pintles?'

    'Those right-angled pieces in the front of the rudder that hook into rings or braces as we say at the back of the stern-post so that the rudder can swing like a door on its hinges.'"
    --P. O'Brian, The Wine-Dark Sea, 251

    March 16, 2008

  • Yes, yes, sionnach. I had that problem too. ;-)

    March 2, 2007

  • see, and I always thought this was a ship - you know - the ninle, the pintle and the santle maria

    March 2, 2007

  • A pin or a bolt on which another part pivots, such as the pin on which a rudder turns, the pin on which a gun carriage revolves, or the bolt on a towing vehicle for attaching a trailer.

    Go on, check out the etymology. You know you want to.

    March 2, 2007