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Definition of PINION

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Pinion \Pin"ion\, n. (Zool.)
     A moth of the genus {Lithophane}, as {Lithophane antennata}, whose larva bores large holes in young peaches and apples. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pinion \Pin"ion\, n. [OF. pignon a pen, F., gable, pinion (in sense 5); cf. Sp. pi[~n]on pinion; fr. L. pinna pinnacle, feather, wing. See {Pin} a peg, and cf. {Pen} a feather, {Pennat}, {Pennon}.]
     1. A feather; a quill. --Shak.
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     2. A wing, literal or figurative.
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              Swift on his sooty pinions flits the gnome. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     3. The joint of bird's wing most remote from the body.
        --Johnson.
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     4. A fetter for the arm. --Ainsworth.
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     5. (Mech.) 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. [1913 Webster]

     {Lantern pinion}. See under {Lantern}.

     {Pinion wire}, wire fluted longitudinally, for making the pinions of clocks and watches. It is formed by being drawn through holes of the shape required for the leaves or teeth of the pinions. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pinion \Pin"ion\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pinioned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pinioning}.]
     1. To bind or confine the wings of; to confine by binding the wings. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     2. To disable by cutting off the pinion joint. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

     3. To disable or restrain, as a person, by binding the arms, esp. by binding the arms to the body. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Her elbows pinioned close upon her hips. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

     4. Hence, generally, to confine; to bind; to tie up.
        "Pinioned up by formal rules of state." --Norris. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

70 Moby Thesaurus words for "pinion":
     anchor, appendage, arm, bind, bough, branch, bridle, chain, crest, enchain, entrammel, fasten, feather, fetter, gyve, hackle, hamper, hand, handcuff, hobble, hog-tie, hopple, imp, joint, lash, leash, leg, limb, link, lobe, lobule, make fast, manacle, member, moor, offshoot, organ, panache, peg down, picket, pin down, plume, plumule, put in irons, quill, ramification, restrain, rope, runner, scapular, scion, secure, shackle, spray, sprig, spur, straitjacket, strap, switch, tail, tendril, tether, tie, tie down, tie up, topknot, trammel, tuft, twig, wing


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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