One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
One of the pins (on the forward edge of a rudder) that fit into the gudgeons and so suspend the rudder.
- ‘The gun itself has been salvaged, though the pintle remains.’
- ‘Staying on the seabed at this side of the wreck, you can see a small pile of chain, then two small gun pintles fallen on their sides before a larger gun platform and pintle, again resting on its side perpendicular to the wreck.’
- ‘The internal armament of the helicopter comprises a pintle mounted 7.62 mm machine gun and a door gunner post for a 12.7mm general purpose machine gun.’
- ‘The hinges are flat straps across the front, which bend over the pintles and form a short neat strap on the back, ending in split curls.’
- ‘Looking closely, a much smaller gun rests on its pintle alongside.’
- ‘A little further aft, pintles and ammunition for machine guns and rapid-firing anti-aircraft guns lie on the seabed, with a gun and its armoured shield among the debris.’
- ‘The gun pintle stands securely in the centre of the platform but there is no sign of the gun, either on the platform or on the seabed below.’
- ‘Off to one side, an intact 12-pounder stern gun lies on one side, still fixed to its pintle.’
Old English pintel ‘penis’, perhaps a diminutive; compare with Dutch pint and German Pint ‘penis’, of unknown ultimate origin.
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