AskDefine | Define pintle

Dictionary Definition

pintle n : a pin or bolt forming the pivot of a hinge

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English pintel ‘penis’.


  1. In the context of "now dialectal": The penis.
  2. A pin or bolt, usually vertical, which acts as a pivot for a hinge or a rudder.
    • 2005: The train had a searchlight mounted on a pintle on a flat car. — James Meek, The People's Act of Love (Canongate 2006, p. 31)
  3. In the context of "gunnery": An iron pin used to control recoil of a cannon or around which a gun carriage revolves.

Extensive Definition

A pintle is a pin or bolt, usually inserted into a gudgeon, which is used as part of a pivot or hinge.
  • In transportation, a pintle hitch/hook is a claw- or pincer-type device that clamps through a lunette ring on the tongue of a trailer.
  • In controllable solid rocket motors it is the plug that is moved into and out of the motor throat to control thrust.
  • In the military, a pintle is used with light machine guns as the mounting hardware that mates the machine gun to a tripod. Essentially, the pintle is a bracket with a cylindrical bottom and a cradle for the gun on top. The cylindrical bottom fits into a hole in the tripod, while the cradle holds the gun.
  • In furniture, a pintle is usually fitted to a castor. The pintle is then inserted into a base, fixing the castors to that base.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arbor, axis, axle, axle bar, axle shaft, axle spindle, axle-tree, distaff, fulcrum, gimbal, gudgeon, hinge, hingle, hub, mandrel, nave, oarlock, pin, pivot, pole, radiant, rowlock, spindle, swivel, trunnion
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