Pronunciation: (pin'tl), [key]
1. a pin or bolt, esp. one on which something turns, as the gudgeon of a hinge.
2. a pin, bolt, or hook by which a gun or the like is attached to the rear of a towing vehicle.
3. a cast iron or steel base for a wooden post, often cast in a single piece with a cap for a lower post.
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