Adjective "pinioned" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The outer part of a bird's wing including the flight feathers.
  1. 'Then the fledgling sprang upward, pinions grasping the morning wind, and each assured, graceful motion branded itself in Arun's memory.'
  2. 'Bright wings opened, the dirt-streaked, longest pinions bracing against the earth as he reeled.'
  3. 'It had feathers and pinions made of lightning, and its flesh was solid shadow.'
  4. 'Her long pinions were light grey, outlined and marked with charcoal stripes, and jet-black at their tips with silver eye-spots.'
  5. 'I hear him whisper something in his hood, and then with a rush of air, two massive, leathery wings appear from inside his robes, dark green pinions held up by black bones.'
  6. 'Still, I saw a family of deer, a blue jay, a New Forest pony suckling, and a buzzard wheeling so low I could count the individual pinions extended at its wingtips.'
  7. 'Her wingbones are purple and support raven pinions.'
  8. 'His wings were huge, trailing on the ground and raising feet over his head, massive constructions of grey pinions.'
  9. 'Nor the pride, nor ample pinion, That the Theban Eagle bear, Sailing with supreme dominion Thro' the azure deep of air.'


Restrain or immobilize (someone) by tying up or holding their arms or legs.
  1. 'Then she went up and held on to him, pinioned him, her head on his left shoulder.'
  2. 'Oh, Mr. Goose, it appears that you are pinioned behind a wall of chain!'
  3. 'In his haste to escape he fell and was pinioned between the stalks.'
  4. 'The matronly Judith, unable to hack off Holofernes's head, carves through it with businesslike concentration, pinioning him to the blood-weltering bed with the help of her equally brutish maidservant.'
  5. 'Within seconds he had me pinioned on my back, his own weight pressing me down.'
  6. 'The latter's figure of King Harold pinioned by an arrow through the eye has been more influential in the historical imagination of generations of British school children than all the patient researches of scholars.'
  7. 'She felt them tighten the strap around her waist and realized that she was now quite securely pinioned.'
  8. 'Gaulier bends her at the waist, her arms pinioned behind her, and karate-chops her back.'
  9. 'It took two of them to pinion my arms, I was fighting so hard, and one of them had to clamp a hand over my mouth so I wouldn't be heard if I screamed.'
  10. 'Pretending to be caught by surprise, Jocelyn allowed two thieves to violently pinion her hands behind her back and slap metal cuffs onto her wrists, struggling only after the bonds had been secured.'
  11. 'Mara was behind it in a flash, pinioning the figure's arms to its sides.'
  12. '‘None of that, I'm afraid miss,’ he chided, pinioning her wrists behind her back.'
  13. 'The drunk, singular in his rebellion, had bitten her hand while they pinioned his limbs down.'
  14. 'I saw the blow coming and tried to dodge it, but Ramón had both my arms pinioned.'
Cut off the pinion of (a wing or bird) to prevent flight.


    A small cogwheel or spindle engaging with a large cogwheel.
    1. 'The mechanism is almost entirely made of wood, with the movement, frame and wheels in oak, the pendulum in mahogany, and the spindles and pinions in boxwood.'
    2. 'A central location on the front of the machine for the swing pinion, swing bearing, and offset cylinder simplifies the job of servicing these items.'
    3. 'The bit had longitudinal movement via an internal rack and pinion, with a knob on the engaging gear protruding through the spigot wall outside the barrel.'
    4. 'The pinions are assembled to an exact position and 28 characteristics are measured to control the positioning of the pinion to the gear itself.'
    5. 'This pinion received its power through a set of extra heavy worm gears controlled by an open and cross belt, producing the reverse movement for tilting the saw in either direction.'
    6. 'Each labeller may also have a de-mountable label cassette with a drive pinion which meshes with a two-sided timing belt.'
    7. 'Rack and pinion is a steering mechanism, which transfers the rotary movement of the steering wheel to the wheels.'
    8. 'It is used for railroad frogs, for steel mill coupling housings, pinions, spindles, and for dipper lips of power shovels operating in quarries.'
    9. 'Manganese bronzes are specified for marine propellers and fittings, pinions, ball-bearing races, worm wheels, gear-shift forks and architectural work.'
    10. 'The wheels, pinions, coils and chains inside the watch's metal casing are shaped and assembled with a specific purpose in mind: telling the time.'

    More definitions

    1. the distal or terminal segment of the wing of a bird consisting of the carpus, metacarpus, and phalanges.

    2. the wing of a bird.

    3. a feather.

    4. the flight feathers collectively. verb (used with object)

    5. to cut off the pinion of (a wing) or bind (the wings), as in order to prevent a bird from flying.

    6. to disable or restrain (a bird) in such a manner.

    7. to bind (a person's arms or hands) so they cannot be used.

    8. to disable (someone) in such a manner; shackle. 9. to bi

    More examples(as adjective)

    "people can be pinioned by looks."

    "people can be pinioned."

    "values can be pinioned."

    "limbs can be pinioned."

    "hands can be pinioned."

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    (pinion)Mid 17th century: from French pignon, alteration of obsolete pignol, from Latin pinea ‘pine cone’, from pinus ‘pine’.