Pronunciation: (pin'is), [key]
1. a light sailing ship, esp. one formerly used in attendance on a larger ship.
2. any of various kinds of ship's boats.
3. a small 17th-century ship having two or three masts and a flat stern, used in northern Europe as a warship and merchant ship and as a tender.
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