Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Pin-tailed adjective (Zoology) Having a tapered tail, with the middle feathers longest; -- said of birds.
[ Middle English pinacle
, French pinacle
, Latin pinnaculum
, from pinna
pinnacle, feather. See Pin
a peg.] 1. (Architecture) An architectural member, upright, and generally ending in a small spire, -- used to finish a buttress, to constitute a part in a proportion, as where pinnacles flank a gable or spire, and the like. Pinnacles may be considered primarily as added weight, where it is necessary to resist the thrust of an arch, etc.
Some renowned metropolis Milton. 2. Anything resembling a pinnacle; a lofty peak; a pointed summit.
With glistering spires and pinnacles around.
Three silent pinnacles of aged snow. Tennyson.
The slippery tops of human state, Cowley.
The gilded pinnacles of fate.
Pinnacle transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Pinnacled
; present participle & verbal noun Pinnacling
.] To build or furnish with a pinnacle or pinnacles. T. Warton.
[ Confer Pinfold
.] Poundage of cattle. See Pound .
Pinnate, Pinnated adjective
[ Latin pinnatus
feathered, from pinna
a feather. See Pin
a peg, Pen
feather.] 1. (Botany) Consisting of several leaflets, or separate portions, arranged on each side of a common petiole, as the leaves of a rosebush, a hickory, or an ash. See Abruptly pinnate , and Illust. , under Abruptly . 2. (Zoology) Having a winglike tuft of long feathers on each side of the neck. Pinnated grouse (Zoology)
, the prairie chicken.
Pinnately adverb In a pinnate manner.
Pinnatifid adjective [ Latin pinnatus feathered + root of findere to split: confer French pinnatifide .] (Botany) Divided in a pinnate manner, with the divisions not reaching to the midrib.
[ See Pinnate
, and Lobate
.] (Botany) Having lobes arranged in a pinnate manner.
Pinnatiped adjective [ Latin pinnatus feathered + pes , pedis foot: confer French pinnatipède .] (Zoology) Having the toes bordered by membranes; fin-footed, as certain birds.
Pinnatiped noun (Zoology) Any bird which has the toes bordered by membranes.
Pinner noun 1. One who, or that which, pins or fastens, as with pins. 2. (Costume) (a) A headdress like a cap, with long lappets. (b) An apron with a bib; a pinafore. (c) A cloth band for a gown.
With kerchief starched, and pinners clean. Gay. 3. A pin maker.
[ See Pin
to pound.] One who pins or impounds cattle. See Pin , transitive verb
Pinnet noun A pinnacle. [ R.] Sir W. Scott.
Pinniform adjective [ Latin pinna feather, fin + -form .] Shaped like a fin or feather. Sir J. Hill.
Pinnigrada noun plural
[ New Latin , from pinna
a feather + gradi
to walk, move.] (Zoology) Same as Pinnipedia .
Pinnigrade noun (Zoology) An animal of the seal tribe, moving by short feet that serve as paddles.
Pinniped noun [ Latin pinna feather, fin + pes , pedis , a foot: confer French pinnipède .] (Zoology) (a) One of the Pinnipedia; a seal. (b) One of the Pinnipedes.
Pinnipedes noun plural
[ New Latin ] (Zoology) Same as Steganopodes .
Pinnipedia noun plural [ New Latin So called because their webbed feet are used as paddles or fins.] (Zoology) A suborder of aquatic carnivorous mammals including the seals and walruses; -- opposed to Fissipedia .
Pinnock noun [ Of uncertain origin.] (Zoology) (a) The hedge sparrow. [ Prov. Eng.] (b) The tomtit.
[ Greek ... a pinna + ... an animal.] (Zoology) A crab of the genus pinnotheres . See Oyster crab , under Oyster .
; plural Pinnulæ
. [ Latin ] Same as Pinnule .
[ See Pinnule
.] (Botany) Having each pinna subdivided; -- said of a leaf, or of its pinnæ.
Pinnulated adjective (Zoology) Having pinnules.
[ Latin pinnula
, dim. of pinna
feather: confer French pinnule
.] 1. (Botany) One of the small divisions of a decompound frond or leaf. See Illust. of Bipinnate leaf , under Bipinnate . 2. (Zoology) Any one of a series of small, slender organs, or parts, when arranged in rows so as to have a plumelike appearance; as, a pinnule of a gorgonia; the pinnules of a crinoid.
Pinnywinkles noun plural An instrument of torture, consisting of a board with holes into which the fingers were pressed, and fastened with pegs. [ Written also pilliewinkles .] [ Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
1. An aromatic powder used in Italy in the manufacture of chocolate. 2. Parched maize, ground, and mixed with sugar, etc. Mixed with water, it makes a nutritious beverage.
Pinpatch noun (Zoology) The common English periwinkle. [ Prov. Eng.]
[ Middle English pinte
, French pinte
, from Spanish pinta
spot, mark, pint, from pintar
to paint; a mark for a pint probably having been made on or in a larger measure. See Paint
.] A measure of capacity, equal to half a quart, or four gills, -- used in liquid and dry measures. See Quart .
Pint noun (Zoology) The laughing gull. [ Prov. Eng.]
; plural Pintados
. [ Spanish , painted, from pintar
to paint.] (Zoology) Any bird of the genus Numida . Several species are found in Africa. The common pintado, or Guinea fowl, the helmeted, and the crested pintados, are the best known. See Guinea fowl , under Guinea .
Pintado noun A fish ( Scomberomorus regalis ) similar to, but larger than, the Spanish mackerel, and having elongated spots, common about Florida and the West Indies.
1. (Zoology) A northern duck ( Dafila acuta ), native of both continents. The adult male has a long, tapering tail. Called also gray duck , piketail , piket-tail , spike- tail , split-tail , springtail , sea pheasant , and gray widgeon . 2. (Zoology) The sharp-tailed grouse of the great plains and Rocky Mountains ( Pediocætes phasianellus ); -- called also pintailed grouse , pintailed chicken , springtail , and sharptail .
[ A diminutive of Pin
.] 1. A little pin. 2. (Mech.) An upright pivot pin
; as: (a) The pivot pin of a hinge. (b) A hook or pin on which a rudder hangs and turns. (c) A pivot about which the chassis swings, in some kinds of gun carriages. (d) A kingbolt of a wagon.
Pinto adjective [ Spanish , painted.] Lit., painted; hence, piebald; mottled; pied.
Pinto noun Any pied animal; esp., a pied or "painted" horse.
Pintos noun plural ; sing. Pinto [ Spanish , painted, mottled.] (Eyhnol.) A mountain tribe of Mexican Indians living near Acapulco. They are remarkable for having the dark skin of the face irregularly spotted with white. Called also speckled Indians .
Pintsch gas [ After Richard Pintsch , German inventor.] A kind of oil gas extensively used for lighting railroad cars, which carry it in compressed form.
[ Confer Pinnule
.] (Astron.) One of the sights of an astrolabe.
[ Latin , a pine tree.] (Botany) A large genus of evergreen coniferous trees, mostly found in the northern hemisphere. The genus formerly included the firs, spruces, larches, and hemlocks, but is now limited to those trees which have the primary leaves of the branchlets reduced to mere scales, and the secondary ones ( pine needles ) acicular, and usually in fascicles of two to seven. See Pine .
Pinweed noun (Botany) Any plant of the genus Lechea , low North American herbs with branching stems, and very small and abundant leaves and flowers.
Pinworm noun (Zoology) A small nematoid worm ( Oxyurus vermicularis ), which is parasitic chiefly in the rectum of man. It is most common in children and aged persons.
Pinxit [ Latin , perfect indicative 3d sing. of pingere to paint.] A word appended to the artist's name or initials on a painting, or engraved copy of a painting; as, Rubens pinxit , Rubens painted (this).
Piny adjective Abounding with pines. [ Written also piney .] "The piny wood." Longfellow.
Pioned adjective A Shakespearean word of disputed meaning; perhaps , "abounding in marsh marigolds."
Thy banks with pioned and twilled brims. Shak.
[ French pionier
, orig., a foot soldier, Old French peonier
, from Old French peon
a foot soldier, French pion
. See Pawn
in chess.] 1. (Mil.) A soldier detailed or employed to form roads, dig trenches, and make bridges, as an army advances. 2. One who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow; as, pioneers of civilization; pioneers of reform.
Pioneer transitive verb & i.
[ imperfect & past participle Pioneered
; present participle & verbal noun Pioneering
.] To go before, and prepare or open a way for; to act as pioneer.
Pioneers' Day In Utah, a legal holiday, July 24, commemorated the arrival, in 1847, of Brigham Young and his followers at the present site of Salt Lake City.