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PINION, noun pin'yon.

1. The joint of a fowl's wing, remotest from the body.

2. A fether; a quill.

3. A wing.

Hope humbly then, on trembling pinions soar.

4. The tooth of a smaller wheel, answering to that of a larger.

5. Fetters or bands for the arms.

PINION, verb transitive pin'yon. To bind or confine the wings.

1. To confine by binding the wings.

2. To cut off the first joint of the wing.

3. To bind or confine the arm or arms to the body.

4. To confine; to shackle; to chain; as, to be pinioned by formal rules of state.

5. To bind; to fasten to.