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English noun: pinion

1. pinion (artifact) a gear with a small number of teeth designed to mesh with a larger wheel or rack

Broader (hypernym)cogwheel, gear, gear wheel, geared wheel

Narrower (hyponym)lantern pinion, lantern wheel

2. pinion (animal) any of the larger wing or tail feathers of a bird

Synonymsflight feather, quill, quill feather

Broader (hypernym)feather, plumage, plume

Narrower (hyponym)primary, primary feather, primary quill, tail feather

Part meronymwing

3. pinion (animal) wing of a bird


Broader (hypernym)wing

Part meronymbird

English verb: pinion

1. pinion (contact) bind the arms of

ExamplesThey want to pinion the prisoners


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)confine, hold, restrain

2. pinion (change) cut the wings off (of birds)

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)disable, disenable, incapacitate

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