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pinion

1
1. Chiefly poetic a bird's wing
2. the part of a bird's wing including the flight feathers

pinion

2
a cogwheel that engages with a larger wheel or rack, which it drives or by which it is driven

pinion

[′pin·yən]
(mechanical engineering)
The smaller of a pair of gear wheels or the smallest wheel of a gear train.
(vertebrate zoology)
The distal portion of a bird's wing.
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So I caused Friday and the two hostages, for they were now discharged, their comrades having performed their promise; I say, I caused them to go to the cave, and bring up the five men, pinioned as they were, to the bower, and keep them there till I came.
As he sank to his knees his other antagonist freed an arm from the embrace which had pinioned it to his side, but before he could deal the professor a blow with the short knife that up to now he had been unable to use, Number Thirteen had hurled his man across the room and was upon him who menaced the scientist.