from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An enclosure where stray animals are confined.
- transitive v. To confine in or as if in a pinfold.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An open enclosure for animals, especially an area where stray animals were rounded up if their owners failed to properly supervise their use of common grazing land.
- v. To confine animals in a pinfold.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A place in which stray cattle or domestic animals are confined; a pound; a penfold.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A place in which stray cattle are temporarily confined; a pound.
- n. A fold or inclosure for animals.
- To confine in a pound or pinfold; impound.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pen where stray animals are confined
In almost every part of England when an animal strays, it is secured and put into what is called the "pinfold," and, if not claimed within a certain time, after a process of advertising, it is sold to pay fold dues.
"pinfold," made by driving stakes into the sand so as to inclose a circular space about six feet in diameter.
His close-shaven crown, surrounded by a circle of stiff curled black hair, had something the appearance of a parish pinfold begirt by its high hedge.
Indian pinfold, carrying death and distraction into the whole herd.
-- I loaned the brute one of my own critturs, just to be rid of him, and have him out of harm's way; for I had a forewarning, the brute, that his mouth war a-watering after the Dew beasts in the pinfold, and after the brown horse in partickelar!
Leaning against the bluffs hard by the camp is a low white cottage, with its paddock and pinfold, and the cattle are coming up, with bells toning irregularly as they feed and loiter on the way.
The cottage at one corner of the Pool is the ancient pinfold, and the rent of it was paid to the lord of the manor.
If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee care for me.
A similar custom exists in America with reference to slaves; the only difference being that the gaol is the slaves pinfold.
If they are honest and do well, presently their neat new pinfold will be too strait and low, will crack, will lean, will rot and vanish, and the immortal light, all young and joyful, million-orbed, million-colored, will beam over the universe as on the first morning.