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Meaning of PINION

Pronunciation:  'pinyun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  wing of a bird
  2. [n]  any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird
  3. [n]  a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack
  4. [v]  cut the wings off (of birds)
  5. [v]  bind the arms of

PINION is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: flight feather, pennon, quill, quill feather, shackle
 See Also: bird, cogwheel, confine, disable, disenable, feather, gear, gear wheel, hold, incapacitate, lantern pinion, lantern wheel, plumage, plume, primary, primary feather, primary quill, restrain, tail feather, wing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pin"ion\, n. (Zo["o]l.)
    A moth of the genus {Lithophane}, as {L. antennata}, whose
    larva bores large holes in young peaches and apples.
  2. \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.
    2. A wing, literal or figurative.
             Swift on his sooty pinions flits the gnome. --Pope.
    3. The joint of bird's wing most remote from the body.
    4. A fetter for the arm. --Ainsworth.
    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
    {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.
  3. \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.
    2. To disable by cutting off the pinion joint. --Johnson.
    3. To disable or restrain, as a person, by binding the arms,
       esp. by binding the arms to the body. --Shak.
             Her elbows pinioned close upon her hips. --Cowper.
    4. Hence, generally, to confine; to bind; to tie up.
       ``Pinioned up by formal rules of state.'' --Norris.
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