Definition of pincushion in English:

pincushion

noun

  • 1A small pad for holding pins.

    • ‘Toys, pincushions, junk from 42nd Street suddenly began to collect in his studio.’
    • ‘Vibrantly colored beadwork spilled across the fabric of souvenir pincushions, picture frames and wallpockets designed to appeal to throngs of eager tourists.’
    • ‘‘I'll make you an outfit,’ she said and took out a small pincushion out of her gray pocket.’
    • ‘From an old sewing kit, he pulled a tiny pincushion, removed the needles, and headed back.’
    • ‘This one, brought with from the Russian schtetl of her past, warns that evil spirits lurk near the pincushion, measuring tape, and scissors.’
    • ‘These remarkably beautiful beaded pieces are presented alongside an astonishing array of objects created expressly for the Victorian tourist market, including pincushions, photo frames, decorative boxes and wall pieces.’
    • ‘Ray showed his young viewers how to make everything from pup pencil holders, to mushroom pincushions, to stocking mice.’
    • ‘‘I'll prove it to you,’ he said and took a pin from a nearby pincushion on display.’
    • ‘I also went over to Patchwork on Central Park yesterday and picked up some green fabric ready for the next bunch of pear pincushions.’
  • 2mass noun A form of optical distortion in which straight lines along the edge of a screen or a lens bulge towards the centre.

    • ‘Focusing the scopes on the distant brick wall with its very distinct vertical and horizontal lines, we checked for pincushion distortion (lines bowing in) and barrel distortion (lines bowing out).’
    • ‘However I did note a small amount of pincushion distortion.’
    • ‘Examining the camera we noted no astigmatism, curvature of field, rolling distortion, or pincushion distortion.’
    • ‘During testing I noted no spherical aberration, no astigmatism, no curvature of field, no barrel or pincushion, and no rolling distortion.’
  • 3South African An African shrub or tree related to the proteas, with rounded flower heads that resemble pincushions.

    Genus Leucospermum, family Proteaceae

    • ‘Proteaceae is a family of flowering plants that includes South Africa's national flower, the king protea (Protea cynaroides, above), as well as the daystar and the pincushions.’
    • ‘The salvia has receded, but the radicchio is still coming up, and I have phlox and pincushions, and there's an evergreen and some holly there in the back.’
    • ‘The seeds of the pincushion protea are buried in the ground by ants, and germinate only when mature plants have been killed by fire.’
    • ‘They do also feed from pincushion proteas, but do not damage the flowers significantly because the bracts are too narrow to be pierced or scratched by the birds' claws.’

Pronunciation

pincushion

/ˈpɪnkʊʃ(ə)n/