Pimpled to Pinfeather
(Pim"pled) a. Having pimples. Johnson.
(Pim"ply) a. Pimpled.
(Pimp"ship) n. The office, occupation, or persom of a pimp. [R.]
(Pin) v. t. (Metal Working) To peen.
(Pin) v. t. [Cf. Pen to confine, or Pinfold.] To inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.
(Pin), n. [OE. pinne, AS. pinn a pin, peg; cf. D. pin, G. pinne, Icel. pinni, W. pin, Gael. & Ir.
pinne; all fr. L. pinna a pinnacle, pin, feather, perhaps orig. a different word from pinna feather. Cf.
Fin of a fish, Pen a feather.]
1. A piece of wood, metal, etc., generally cylindrical, used for fastening separate articles together, or as
a support by which one article may be suspended from another; a peg; a bolt.
With pins of adamantMilton.
And chains they made all fast.
2. Especially, a small, pointed and headed piece of brass or other wire largely used for fastening clothes,
attaching papers, etc.
3. Hence, a thing of small value; a trifle.
He . . . did not care a pin for her.Spectator.
4. That which resembles a pin in its form or use; as: (a) A peg in musical instruments, for increasing or
relaxing the tension of the strings. (b) A linchpin. (c) A rolling-pin. (d) A clothespin. (e) (Mach.) A
short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal. See Illust. of Knuckle joint,
under Knuckle. (f) (Joinery) The tenon of a dovetail joint.
5. One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each man should
6. The bull's eye, or center, of a target; hence, the center. [Obs.] "The very pin of his heart cleft." Shak.
7. Mood; humor. [Obs.] "In merry pin." Cowper.
8. (Med.) Caligo. See Caligo. Shak.
9. An ornament, as a brooch or badge, fastened to the clothing by a pin; as, a Masonic pin.
10. The leg; as, to knock one off his pins. [Slang]
Banking pin (Horol.), a pin against which a lever strikes, to limit its motion. Pin drill (Mech.), a
drill with a central pin or projection to enter a hole, for enlarging the hole, or for sinking a recess for the
head of a bolt, etc.; a counterbore. Pin grass. (Bot.) See Alfilaria. Pin hole, a small hole
made by a pin; hence, any very small aperture or perforation. Pin lock, a lock having a cylindrical
bolt; a lock in which pins, arranged by the key, are used instead of tumblers. Pin money, an allowance
of money, as that made by a husband to his wife, for private and personal expenditure. Pin rail
(Naut.), a rail, usually within the bulwarks, to hold belaying pins. Sometimes applied to the fife rail.
Called also pin rack. Pin wheel. (a) A contrate wheel in which the cogs are cylindrical pins. (b)
(Fireworks) A small coil which revolves on a common pin and makes a wheel of yellow or colored fire.