from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of fastening or securing with a pin.
  • noun The masonry that supports studwork.

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  • verb Present participle of pin.

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

  • noun a mutual promise of a couple not to date anyone else; on college campuses it was once signaled by the giving of a fraternity pin


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