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. [1913 Webster]

2. A wing, literal or figurative. [1913 Webster]

Swift on his sooty pinions flits the gnome. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. The joint of bird's wing most remote from the body. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

4. A fetter for the arm. --Ainsworth. [1913 Webster]

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. 2000.

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  • pinion — PINIÓN, pinioane, s.n. Roată dinţată cu un număr mic de dinţi, care intră în componenţa unui angrenaj, servind la punerea în mişcare a altor roţi din angrenajul respectiv. [pr.: ni on] – Din fr. pignon. Trimis de oprocopiuc, 26.03.2008. Sursa:… …   Dicționar Român

  • pinion — Ⅰ. pinion [1] ► NOUN ▪ the outer part of a bird s wing including the flight feathers. ► VERB 1) tie or hold the arms or legs of. 2) cut off the pinion of (a bird) to prevent flight. ORIGIN Old French pignon, from Latin pinna, penna feather …   English terms dictionary

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pinion — Pin ion, n. (Zo[ o]l.) 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

  • pinion — index contain (restrain), handcuff (noun), handcuff (verb), restrict, trammel Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pinion — pinion1 [pin′yən] n. [Fr pignon < VL * pinnio < L pinna, bucket of a paddle wheel, lit., feather, var. of penna (see PEN2): assoc. in MFr with peigner, to comb: see PEIGNOIR] a small gear, the teeth of which fit into those of a larger gear… …   English World dictionary

  • pinion — A small, tapered gear which meshes with a larger gear or rack. It is found in two primary places in an automobile: the differential pinion and the rack and pinion steering. See crown wheel and pinion drive pinion inertia pinion planet pinion rack …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • pinion — {{11}}pinion (n.1) wing joint, mid 15c., from M.Fr. pignon (c.1400), from V.L. *pinnionem, from L. penna wing (see PEN (Cf. pen) (n.1)). {{12}}pinion (n.2) small gear with teeth (as in rack and pinion …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pinion — A pinion is usually the smallest gear in a gear drive train. In many cases, such as remote controlled toys, the pinion is also the drive gear. In the case of John Blenkinsop s The Salamanca the pinion was rather large.The term is also commonly… …   Wikipedia

  • pinion — I UK [ˈpɪnjən] / US verb [transitive] Word forms pinion : present tense I/you/we/they pinion he/she/it pinions present participle pinioning past tense pinioned past participle pinioned to prevent someone from moving by holding or tying their arms …   English dictionary

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