a pin inserted through the end of an axletree to keep the wheel on.
something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together:
The monarchy was the linchpin of the nation’s traditions and society.
a pin placed transversely through an axle to keep a wheel in position
a person or thing regarded as an essential or coordinating element: the linchpin of the company
also linch-pin, late 14c., earlier linspin, from Middle English lins “axletree” (see linch) + pin (n.). The peg that holds a wheel on an axle; now mainly figurative.
[ling-kuh n] /ˈlɪŋ kən/ noun 1. Abbey (Anna Marie Gaby Wooldridge; Aminata Moseka) born 1930, U.S. jazz singer, activist, and actress. 2. Abraham (“Abe”; “Honest Abe”) 1809–65, 16th president of the U.S. 1861–65. 3. Benjamin, 1733–1810, American Revolutionary general. 4. Mary Todd, 1818–82, U.S. First Lady 1861–65 (wife of Abraham Lincoln). 5. a city in […]
- Lincoln center
noun 1. a centre for the performing arts in New York City, including theatres, a library, and a school Official name Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
- Lincoln-douglas debates
A series of debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858, when both were campaigning for election to the United States Senate from Illinois. Much of the debating concerned slavery and its extension into territories such as Kansas. The debates transformed Lincoln into a national figure and led to his election to the […]
[ling-kuh-nesk] /ˌlɪŋ kəˈnɛsk/ adjective 1. like or characteristic of Abraham Lincoln: a Lincolnesque compassion.