Pen vs. Pin - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Pen and Pin is that the Pen is a writing implement and Pin is a fastening device; device used for fastening objects or material together; often has two components: a long body and sharp tip made of steel, or occasionally copper or brass, and a larger head often made of plastic.

Wikipedia

  • Pen

    A pen is a writing instrument used to apply ink to a surface, usually paper, for writing or drawing. Historically, reed pens, quill pens, and dip pens were used, with a nib dipped in ink. Ruling pens allow precise adjustment of line width, and still find a few specialized uses, but technical pens such as the Rapidograph are more commonly used. Modern types include ballpoint, rollerball, fountain and felt or ceramic tip pens.

  • Pin

    A pin is a device used for fastening objects or material together. Pins often have two components: a long body and sharp tip made of steel, or occasionally copper or brass, and a larger head often made of plastic. The sharpened body penetrates the material, while the larger head provides a driving surface. It is formed by drawing out a thin wire, sharpening the tip, and adding a head. Nails are related, but are typically larger. In machines and engineering, pins are commonly used as pivots, hinges, shafts, jigs, and fixtures to locate or hold parts.

Wiktionary

  • Pen (noun)

    An enclosed area used to contain domesticated animals, especially sheep or cattle.

    "There are two steers in the third pen."

  • Pen (noun)

    A prison cell.

    "They caught him with a stolen horse, and he wound up in the pen again."

  • Pen (noun)

    The bullpen.

    "Two righties are up in the pen."

  • Pen (noun)

    A tool, originally made from a feather but now usually a small tubular instrument, containing ink used to write or make marks.

    "He took notes with a pen."

  • Pen (noun)

    A writer, or his style.

    "He has a sharp pen."

  • Pen (noun)

    Marks of ink left by a pen.

    "He's unhappy because he got pen on his new shirt."

  • Pen (noun)

    A light pen.

  • Pen (noun)

    The internal cartilage skeleton of a squid, shaped like a pen.

  • Pen (noun)

    A feather, especially one of the flight feathers of a bird, angel etc.

  • Pen (noun)

    A wing.

  • Pen (noun)

    A female swan.

  • Pen (noun)

    penalty

  • Pen (verb)

    To enclose in a pen.

  • Pen (verb)

    To write (an article, a book, etc.).

  • Pin (noun)

    A sewing pin or ballhead pin: a needle without an eye (usually) made of drawn-out steel wire with one end sharpened and the other flattened or rounded into a head, used for fastening.

  • Pin (noun)

    A small nail with a head and a sharp point.

  • Pin (noun)

    A cylinder often of wood or metal used to fasten or as a bearing between two parts.

    "Pull the pin out of the grenade before throwing it at the enemy."

  • Pin (noun)

    The victory condition of holding the opponent's shoulders on the wrestling mat for a prescribed period of time.

  • Pin (noun)

    A slender object specially designed for use in a specific game or sport, such as skittles or bowling.

  • Pin (noun)

    (in plural pins; informal) A leg.

    "I'm not so good on my pins these days."

  • Pin (noun)

    Any of the individual connecting elements of a multipole electrical connector.

    "The UK standard connector for domestic mains electricity has three pins."

  • Pin (noun)

    A piece of jewellery that is attached to clothing with a pin.

  • Pin (noun)

    A simple accessory that can be attached to clothing with a pin or fastener, often round and bearing a design, logo or message, and used for decoration, identification or to show political affiliation, etc.

  • Pin (noun)

    A moving a lesser piece to escape from attack would expose a more valuable piece to attack.

  • Pin (noun)

    The flagstick: the flag-bearing pole which marks the location of a hole

  • Pin (noun)

    The spot at the exact centre of the house (the target area)

    "The shot landed right on the pin."

  • Pin (noun)

    A mood, a state of being.

  • Pin (noun)

    One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each person should drink.

  • Pin (noun)

    caligo

  • Pin (noun)

    A thing of small value; a trifle.

  • Pin (noun)

    A peg in musical instruments for increasing or relaxing the tension of the strings.

  • Pin (noun)

    A short shaft, sometimes forming a bolt, a part of which serves as a journal.

  • Pin (noun)

    The tenon of a dovetail joint.

  • Pin (noun)

    A size of brewery cask, equal to half a firkin, or eighth of a barrel.

  • Pin (noun)

    A pinball machine.

    "I spent most of my time in the arcade playing pins."

  • Pin (verb)

    To fasten or attach (something) with a pin.

  • Pin (verb)

    To cause (a piece) to be in a pin.

  • Pin (verb)

    To pin down (someone).

  • Pin (verb)

    To enclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.

  • Pin (verb)

    To attach (an icon, application, etc.) to another item.

    "to pin a window to the Taskbar"

  • Pin (verb)

    To modified.

    "When marshaling data, the interop marshaler can copy or pin the data being marshaled."

  • Pin (verb)

    alternative form of peen

Oxford Dictionary

  • Pen (noun)

    an instrument for writing or drawing with ink, typically consisting of a metal nib or ball, or a nylon tip, fitted into a metal or plastic holder.

  • Pen (noun)

    the occupation of writing

    "she was forced to support herself by the pen"

  • Pen (noun)

    an electronic device like a pen, used in conjunction with a writing surface to enter commands or data into a computer.

  • Pen (noun)

    the tapering cartilaginous internal shell of a squid.

  • Pen (noun)

    a small enclosure in which sheep, pigs, or other farm animals are kept

    "a sheep pen"

  • Pen (noun)

    a number of animals in or sufficient to fill a pen

    "a pen of twenty-five Cheviots"

  • Pen (noun)

    any small enclosure in which someone or something can be confined

    "she took the baby out of the pen and played with it"

  • Pen (noun)

    a covered dock for a submarine or other warship

    "U-boat pens"

  • Pen (noun)

    (in the West Indies) a farm or plantation.

  • Pen (noun)

    a female swan.

  • Pen (noun)

    short for penitentiary (sense 1)

    "you could get twenty years in a federal pen for shooting your mouth off like that"

  • Pen (verb)

    write or compose

    "Olivia penned award-winning poetry"

  • Pen (verb)

    put or keep (an animal) in a pen

    "it was the practice to pen the sheep for clipping"

    "these cattle need to be penned in at night"

  • Pen (verb)

    confine someone in a restricted space

    "they had been penned up day and night in the house"

  • Pin (noun)

    an identifying number allocated to an individual by a bank or other organization and used for validating electronic transactions.

  • Pin (verb)

    attach or fasten with a pin or pins

    "her hair was pinned back"

    "he pinned the badge on to his lapel"

  • Pin (verb)

    hold (someone) firmly in a specified position so they are unable to move

    "Richards pinned him down until the police arrived"

    "she was standing pinned against the door"

  • Pin (verb)

    hinder or prevent (a piece or pawn) from moving because of the danger to a more valuable piece standing behind it along the line of an attack

    "the black rook on e4 is pinned"

Webster Dictionary

  • Pen (noun)

    A feather.

  • Pen (noun)

    A wing.

  • Pen (noun)

    An instrument used for writing with ink, formerly made of a reed, or of the quill of a goose or other bird, but now also of other materials, as of steel, gold, etc. Also, originally, a stylus or other instrument for scratching or graving.

  • Pen (noun)

    Fig.: A writer, or his style; as, he has a sharp pen.

  • Pen (noun)

    The internal shell of a squid.

  • Pen (noun)

    A female swan; - contrasted with cob, the male swan.

  • Pen (noun)

    A small inclosure; as, a pen for sheep or for pigs.

  • Pen (noun)

    A penitentiary[6]; a prison.

  • Pen

    To write; to compose and commit to paper; to indite; to compose; as, to pen a sonnet.

  • Pen

    To shut up, as in a pen or cage; to confine in a small inclosure or narrow space; to coop up, or shut in; to inclose.

  • Pin

    To peen.

  • Pin

    To inclose; to confine; to pen; to pound.

  • Pin

    To fasten with, or as with, a pin; to join; as, to pin a garment; to pin boards together.

  • Pin (noun)

    A piece of wood, metal, etc., generally cylindrical, used for fastening separate articles together, or as a support by which one article may be suspended from another; a peg; a bolt.

  • Pin (noun)

    Especially, a small, pointed and headed piece of brass or other wire (commonly tinned), largely used for fastening clothes, attaching papers, etc.

  • Pin (noun)

    Hence, a thing of small value; a trifle.

  • Pin (noun)

    That which resembles a pin in its form or use

  • Pin (noun)

    One of a row of pegs in the side of an ancient drinking cup to mark how much each man should drink.

  • Pin (noun)

    The bull's eye, or center, of a target; hence, the center.

  • Pin (noun)

    Mood; humor.

  • Pin (noun)

    Caligo. See Caligo.

  • Pin (noun)

    An ornament, as a brooch or badge, fastened to the clothing by a pin; as, a Masonic pin.

  • Pin (noun)

    The leg; as, to knock one off his pins.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Pen (noun)

    a writing implement with a point from which ink flows

  • Pen (noun)

    an enclosure for confining livestock

  • Pen (noun)

    a portable enclosure in which babies may be left to play

  • Pen (noun)

    a correctional institution for those convicted of major crimes

  • Pen (noun)

    female swan

  • Pen (verb)

    produce a literary work;

    "She composed a poem"

    "He wrote four novels"

  • Pin (noun)

    a piece of jewelry that is pinned onto the wearer's garment

  • Pin (noun)

    when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat

  • Pin (noun)

    small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.

  • Pin (noun)

    a number you choose and use to gain access to various accounts

  • Pin (noun)

    informal terms of the leg;

    "fever left him weak on his sticks"

  • Pin (noun)

    axis consisting of a short shaft that supports something that turns

  • Pin (noun)

    cylindrical tumblers consisting of two parts that are held in place by springs; when they are aligned with a key the bolt can be thrown

  • Pin (noun)

    flagpole used to mark the position of the hole on a golf green

  • Pin (noun)

    a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things

  • Pin (noun)

    a holder attached to the gunwale of a boat that holds the oar in place and acts as a fulcrum for rowing

  • Pin (noun)

    a club-shaped wooden object used in bowling; set up in groups as a target

  • Pin (verb)

    to hold fast or prevent from moving;

    "The child was pinned under the fallen tree"

  • Pin (verb)

    attach or fasten with pins

  • Pin (verb)

    pierce with a pin;

    "pin down the butterfly"

  • Pin (verb)

    immobilize a piece

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