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pintle (PIN-tl) noun

1. A pin or a bolt on which another part pivots.

2. Nautical. The pin on which a rudder turns.

3. The pin on which a gun carriage revolves.

4. A hook or a bolt on the rear of a towing vehicle for attaching a gun or trailer.

[Middle English pintel, from Old English, penis.]

"My summer home has shutters hung on hinges so I can close them in winter. The hinges consist of a pintle, set on the frame of the window to form a standing pin ...." Peter Hotten, An Old Trunk Gets a New Look, Denver Rocky Mountain News, 1 Nov 1997.

This week's theme: words for everyday things and anatomical features.


Never cut what you can untie. -Joubert (1754-1824)

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