Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Pin-eyed adjective (Botany) Having the stigma visible at the throad of a gamopetalous corolla, while the stamens are concealed in the tube; -- said of dimorphous flowers. The opposite of thrum-eyed .
Pin-fire adjective (Mil.) Having a firing pin to explode the cartridge; as, a pin- fire rifle.
Pineweed noun (Botany) A low, bushy, nearly leafless herb ( Hypericum Sarothra ), common in sandy soil in the Eastern United States.
Piney adjective See Piny .
Piney adjective [ Of East Indian origin.] A term used in designating an East Indian tree (the Vateria Indica or piney tree, of the order Dipterocarpeæ , which grows in Malabar, etc.) or its products. Piney dammar , Piney resin , Piney varnish , a pellucid, fragrant, acrid, bitter resin, which exudes from the piney tree ( Vateria Indica ) when wounded. It is used as a varnish, in making candles, and as a substitute for incense and for amber. Called also liquid copal , and white dammar . -- Piney tallow , a solid fatty substance, resembling tallow, obtained from the roasted seeds of the Vateria Indica ; called also dupada oil . -- Piney thistle (Botany) , a plant ( Atractylis gummifera ), from the bark of which, when wounded, a gummy substance exudes.
Pinfeather noun A feather not fully developed; esp., a rudimentary feather just emerging through the skin.
Pinfeathered adjective Having part, or all, of the feathers imperfectly developed.
Pinfish noun [ So called from their sharp dorsal spines.] (Zoology) (a) The sailor's choice ( Diplodus, or Lagodon, rhomboides ). (b) The salt-water bream ( Diplodus Holbrooki ). » Both are excellent food fishes, common on the coast of the United States south of Cape Hatteras. The name is also applied to other allied species.
[ For pindfold
. See Pinder
an inclosure, and Fold
an inclosure.] A place in which stray cattle or domestic animals are confined; a pound; a penfold. Shak.
A parish pinfold begirt by its high hedge. Sir W. Scott.
Ping noun [ Probably of imitative origin.] The sound made by a bullet in striking a solid object or in passing through the air.
Ping intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pinged
; present participle & verbal noun Pinging
.] To make the sound called ping .
Ping-pong noun [ Imitative.]
1. An indoor modification of lawn tennis played with small bats, or battledores, and a very light, hollow, celluloid ball, on a large table divided across the middle by a net. 2. A size of photograph a little larger than a postage stamp.
Ping-pong intransitive verb To play ping- pong.
Pingle noun [ Perhaps from pin to impound.] A small piece of inclosed ground. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]
Pinguefaction noun [ Latin pinguefacere , pinguefactum , to fatten; pinguis fat + facere to make.] (Medicine) A making of, or turning into, fat.
[ New Latin , from Latin pinguiculus
somewhat fat, fattish.] (Botany) See Butterwort .
Pinguid adjective [ Latin pinguis fat.] Fat; unctuous; greasy. [ Obsolete] "Some clays are more pinguid ." Mortimer.
Pinguidinous adjective [ Latin pinguedo fatness, from pinguis fat.] Containing fat; fatty. [ Obsolete]
Pinguitude noun [ Latin pinguitudo , from pinguis fat.] Fatness; a growing fat; obesity. [ R.]
Pinhold noun A place where a pin is fixed.
Pinic adjective [ Latin pinus pine.] (Chemistry) Of or pertaining to the pine; obtained from the pine; formerly, designating an acid which is the chief constituent of common resin, -- now called abietic , or sylvic , acid .
1. Languishing; drooping; wasting away, as with longing. 2. Wasting; consuming. "The pining malady of France." Shak.
Piningly adverb In a pining manner; droopingly. Poe.
Pinion noun (Zoology) A moth of the genus Lithophane , as Latin antennata , whose larva bores large holes in young peaches and apples.
[ Old French pignon
a pen, F., gable, pinion (in sense 5); confer Spanish piñon
pinion; from Latin pinna
pinnacle, feather, wing. See Pin
a peg, and confer Pen
a feather, Pennat
.] 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. Johnson. 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 axis. 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.
Pinion transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pinioned
; present participle & verbal noun 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.
up by formal rules of state." Norris.
Pinioned adjective Having wings or pinions.
Pinionist noun (Zoology) Any winged creature.
Pinite noun [ So called from Pini , a mine in Saxony.] (Min.) A compact granular cryptocrystalline mineral of a dull grayish or greenish white color. It is a hydrous alkaline silicate, and is derived from the alteration of other minerals, as iolite.
Pinite noun [ Latin pinus the pine tree.]
1. (Paleon.) Any fossil wood which exhibits traces of having belonged to the Pine family. 2. (Chemistry) A sweet white crystalline substance extracted from the gum of a species of pine ( Pinus Lambertina ). It is isomeric with, and resembles, quercite.
Pink noun [ Dutch pink .] (Nautical) A vessel with a very narrow stern; -- called also pinky . Sir W. Scott. Pink stern (Nautical) , a narrow stern.
Pink intransitive verb [ Dutch pinken , pinkoogen , to blink, twinkle with the eyes.] To wink; to blink. [ Obsolete] L'Estrange.
Pink adjective Half-shut; winking. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Pink transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pinked
; present participle & verbal noun Pinking
.] [ Middle English pinken
to prick, probably a nasalized form of pick
.] 1. To pierce with small holes; to cut the edge of, as cloth or paper, in small scallops or angles. 2. To stab; to pierce as with a sword. Addison. 3. To choose; to cull; to pick out.
[ Obsolete] Herbert.
Pink noun A stab. Grose.
[ Perh. akin to pick
; as if the edges of the petals were picked out. Confer Pink
, transitive verb
] 1. (Botany) A name given to several plants of the caryophyllaceous genus Dianthus , and to their flowers, which are sometimes very fragrant and often double in cultivated varieties. The species are mostly perennial herbs, with opposite linear leaves, and handsome five-petaled flowers with a tubular calyx. 2. A color resulting from the combination of a pure vivid red with more or less white; -- so called from the common color of the flower. Dryden. 3. Anything supremely excellent; the embodiment or perfection of something.
"The very pink
of courtesy." Shak. 4. (Zoology) The European minnow; -- so called from the color of its abdomen in summer.
[ Prov. Eng.] Bunch pink is Dianthus barbatus .
, or Indian
. See under China .
-- Clove pink is Dianthus Caryophyllus , the stock from which carnations are derived.
-- Garden pink
. See Pheasant's eye .
-- Meadow pink is applied to Dianthus deltoides ; also, to the ragged robin.
-- Maiden pink
, Dianthus deltoides .
-- Moss pink
. See under Moss .
-- Pink needle
, the pin grass; -- so called from the long, tapering points of the carpels. See Alfilaria .
-- Sea pink
. See Thrift .
Pink adjective Resembling the garden pink in color; of the color called pink (see 6th Pink , 2); as, a pink dress; pink ribbons. Pink eye (Medicine)
, a popular name for an epidemic variety of ophthalmia, associated with early and marked redness of the eyeball.
-- Pink salt (Chem. & Dyeing)
, the double chlorides of (stannic) tin and ammonium, formerly much used as a mordant for madder and cochineal.
-- Pink saucer
, a small saucer, the inner surface of which is covered with a pink pigment.
Pink-eyed adjective [ Pink half- shut + eye .] Having small eyes. Holland.
[ See 1st Pink
.] (Nautical) Having a very narrow stern; -- said of a vessel.
Pinked adjective Pierced with small holes; worked in eyelets; scalloped on the edge. Shak.
Pinking noun Pinking iron . (a) An instrument for scalloping the edges of ribbons, flounces, etc. (b) A sword. [ Colloq.]
1. The act of piercing or stabbing. 2. The act or method of decorating fabrics or garments with a pinking iron; also, the style of decoration; scallops made with a pinking iron.
Pinkish adjective Somewhat pink.
Pinkness noun Quality or state of being pink.
1. (Medicine) The root of Spigelia Marilandica , used as a powerful vermifuge; also, that of S. Anthelmia . See definition 2 (below). 2. (Botany) (a) A perennial North American herb ( Spigelia Marilandica ), sometimes cultivated for its showy red blossoms. Called also Carolina pink , Maryland pinkroot , and worm grass . (b) An annual South American and West Indian plant ( Spigelia Anthelmia ).
[ Dutch pinkster
, from Greek .... See Pentecost
[ Written also pingster
.] Pinkster flower (Botany)
, the rosy flower of the Azalea nudiflora ; also, the shrub itself; -- called also Pinxter blomachee by the New York descendants of the Dutch settlers.
Pinky noun (Nautical) See 1st Pink .
; plural Pinnæ
, English Pinnas
. [ Latin , a feather.] 1. (Botany) (a) A leaflet of a pinnate leaf. See Illust. of Bipinnate leaf , under Bipinnate . (b) One of the primary divisions of a decompound leaf. 2. (Zoology) One of the divisions of a pinnate part or organ. 3.
[ Latin pinna
, akin to Greek ....] (Zoology) Any species of Pinna , a genus of large bivalve mollusks found in all warm seas. The byssus consists of a large number of long, silky fibers, which have been used in manufacturing woven fabrics, as a curiosity. 4. (Anat.) The auricle of the ear. See Ear .
[ French pinasse
; confer Italian pinassa
, Spanish pinaza
; all from Latin pinus
a pine tree, anything made of pine, e.g., a ship. Confer Pine
a tree.] 1. (Nautical) (a) A small vessel propelled by sails or oars, formerly employed as a tender, or for coast defence; -- called originally, spynace or spyne . (b) A man-of-war's boat.
Whilst our pinnace anchors in the Downs. Shak. 2. A procuress; a pimp.
[ Obsolete] B. Jonson.