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 variant spelling of linchpin
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.
[lin-duh] /ˈlɪn də/ noun 1. a female given name.
- Lynden pindling
[pind-ling] /ˈpɪnd lɪŋ/ noun 1. Lynden Oscar (“Father of the Bahamas”) 1930–2000, Bahamian political leader: first prime minister 1967–92. /ˈpɪndlɪŋ/ adjective (dialect) 1. (Western English) peevish or fractious 2. (US) sickly or puny
[lind-hurst] /ˈlɪnd hɜrst/ noun 1. a township in NE New Jersey. 2. a city in NE Ohio, near Cleveland.
[lin-duh n] /ˈlɪn dən/ noun 1. a male given name.