Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To remove or bind the wing feathers of (a bird) to prevent flight.
  • transitive v. To cut or bind (the wings of a bird).
  • transitive v. To restrain or immobilize (a person) by binding the arms.
  • transitive v. To bind (a person's arms).
  • transitive v. To bind fast or hold down; shackle.
  • n. A small cogwheel that engages or is engaged by a larger cogwheel or a rack.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.
  • n. The smallest gear in a gear drive train.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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. 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.
  • transitive v. To bind or confine the wings of; to confine by binding the wings.
  • transitive v. To disable by cutting off the pinion joint.
  • transitive v. To disable or restrain, as a person, by binding the arms, esp. by binding the arms to the body.
  • transitive v. Hence, generally, to confine; to bind; to tie up.

from The 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.

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

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Old French pignon, from Latin penna ("feather"). (Wiktionary)
From French pignon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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    September 1, 2008

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    November 1, 2007

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    November 1, 2007

  • Or maybe just ice-cream:
    scum 'n pinions

    November 1, 2007

  • A man full of opinions is a man full of pinions.

    November 1, 2007