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pinion2

pin·ion2

pinion2

 
pronunciation:
pIn yn
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of the feathers that a bird uses for flight.
definition 2: the entire wing of a bird.
definition 3: the part of a bird's wing farthest from its body, containing bones analogous to those of the hand.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pinioned, pinioning, pinions
definition 1: to render (a bird) incapable of flight by tying or cutting off parts of the wing.
definition 2: to cut off (feathers) or tie (the wings) so as to render a bird incapable of flight.
definition 3: to restrain (someone) by binding the arms.
The police officer pinioned the young man with a vice-like grip.
definition 4: to bind (the arms) so as to restrain someone.