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Pinion pignon ,lier  

Definition & Synonyms

• Pinion

  1. (n.) 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.
  2. (v. t.) To disable by cutting off the pinion joint.
  3. (n.) A wing, literal or figurative.
  4. (n.) The joint of birds wing most remote from the body.
  5. (n.) A fetter for the arm.
  6. (n.) A feather; a quill.
  7. (n.) A moth of the genus Lithophane, as L. antennata, whose larva bores large holes in young peaches and apples.
  8. (v. t.) Hence, generally, to confine; to bind; to tie up.
  9. (v. t.) To bind or confine the wings of; to confine by binding the wings.
  10. (v. t.) To disable or restrain, as a person, by binding the arms, esp. by binding the arms to the body.

Pennon, Quill, Shackle,