from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A block of wood split from a larger piece, and of a size adapted to and designed for fashioning into a pin.
  • n. Same as wrest-block.


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  • Nancy Mittens (# 52) -- I've had mine for about 20 years now, and this past summer took my heart in my hands and tore it down and rebuilt it, because the pin-block (the end where the strings are anchored) finally succumed to the Physics Of Tension and started to rotate out as the glue was failng.

    Making Light: The new new TSA regulations

  • The first pin-block projected its third pin as the first word came traveling along the race-way; second block did the same; but the third block projected its second pin!

    Mark Twain's Letters — Volume 4 (1886-1900)


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