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acronym a type of abbreviation used as a word and pronounced as a word. An acronym is formed by combining the initial letters (or initial parts) of a string of words. The pronunciation of an acronym is based on the typical rules of pronouncing words in a language and is not made up of the sounds of the names of individual letters. The abbreviations "AIDS," "FICA," and "PIN" are acronyms, but the abbreviations "FBI," ATM," and "DVD" are not.
bayonet a pin protruding from an object such as a flashbulb or lens that secures that object to its socket. [1/3 definitions]
belay in nautical terminology, to secure (a rope) by winding around a pin or cleat. [1/6 definitions]
breastpin a decorative pin worn near the throat or on the chest; brooch.
brooch a piece of jewelry attached to clothing with a pin or clasp.
candlepin a candlelike pin used in a bowling game similar to tenpins. [1/2 definitions]
clevis a U-shaped piece of metal attached to a rod or chain, with a hole for a pin or bolt, and used to attach one object to another in order to pull it.
cotter a metal fastener, such as a pin, bolt, or wedge, that is fitted in a slot. [2 definitions]
cotter pin a split pin with ends that can be spread apart to fasten it in place after it is inserted through a slot or hole.
crankpin a bar or cylindrical pin positioned in a crank and having a connecting rod or link attached.
dowel a peg or pin that is placed into corresponding holes in two pieces of wood in order to fasten them together. [1/3 definitions]
duckpin a short, thick pin used for a bowling game similar to tenpins. [1/2 definitions]
expansion bolt a threaded metal rod or pin, usu. used in stone and concrete, that has an attachment that expands as it is screwed into a surface.
eyebolt a threaded metal rod or pin with a loop at one end.
fastener something used to fasten, such as a clip, button, pin, latch, or the like.
fid a tapered wood or metal pin used to separate rope strands before splicing. [1/2 definitions]
forelock2 a pin fitted or driven through an opening to hold two parts together; linchpin. [1/2 definitions]
gudgeon2 a metal pin or shaft on the end of an axle, on which the wheel turns. [2 definitions]
hairpin a U-shaped pin with long sides, usu. of thin metal wire, used to hold, or hold something to, the hair. [1/2 definitions]
hasp a slotted fastener that fits over a staple and is held in place by a pin or lock slipped through the staple, used esp. on doors and lidded containers. [1/2 definitions]
headpin in bowling, the pin nearest to the bowler; kingpin.