Informal. the person of chief importance in a corporation, movement, undertaking, etc.
Informal. the chief element of any system, plan, or the like.
either of the pins that are a part of the mechanism for turning the front wheels in some automotive steering systems.
the most important person in an organization
the crucial or most important feature of a theory, argument, etc
Also called (Brit) swivel pin. a pivot pin that provides a steering joint in a motor vehicle by securing the stub axle to the axle beam
(tenpin bowling) the front pin in the triangular arrangement of the ten pins
(in ninepins) the central pin in the diamond pattern of the nine pins
also king-pin, 1801 as the name of the large pin in the game of kayles (similar to bowls except a club or stick was thrown instead of a ball; cf. “Games, Gaming and Gamesters’ Laws,” Frederick Brandt, London, 1871), from king with a sense of “chief” + pin (n.). The modern use is mainly figurative and is perhaps from the word’s use as another name for the king-bolt (itself from 1825) in a machinery, though the figurative use is attested earlier (1867) than the literal.
noun, Shipbuilding. 1. a plank running along the center line of a deck, into which all other planks are fitted.
noun 1. a structural member running vertically between the apex and base of a triangular roof truss. 2. Machinery. a rotating or stationary column for supporting tackle or booms used in lifting. noun 1. a vertical post connecting the apex of a triangular roof truss to the tie beam Also called joggle post Compare queen […]
- King prawn
noun 1. any of several large prawns of the genus Penaeus, which are fished commercially in Australian waters
noun 1. a large, long-billed rail, Rallus elegans, of North America, having reddish-brown plumage.