Definition of Linchpin

1. Noun. A central cohesive source of support and stability. "He is the linchpin of this firm"

Exact synonyms: Anchor, Backbone, Keystone, Lynchpin, Mainstay
Generic synonyms: Support
Derivative terms: Anchor



2. Noun. Pin inserted through an axletree to hold a wheel on.
Exact synonyms: Lynchpin
Generic synonyms: Pin

Definition of Linchpin

1. n. A pin used to prevent the wheel of a vehicle from sliding off the axletree.

Definition of Linchpin

1. Noun. a pin inserted through holes at the end of an axle, so as to secure a wheel ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) a central cohesive source of stability and security; a person or thing that is critical to a system or organisation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Linchpin

1. a locking pin inserted in the end of a shaft [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Linchpin

linalool
linalool 8-monooxygenase
linalools
linament
linaments
linaria
linarite
lincRNA
lincRNAs
linch
linches
linchet
linchets
linchi
linchis
linchpin (current term)
linchpins
lincomycin
lincomycins
lincosamide
lincosamides
lincosaminide O-nucleotidyltransferase
lincture
linctures
linctus
linctuses
lind
lindackerite
lindane
lindanes

Literary usage of Linchpin

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1. The Boy Travellers in Great Britain and Ireland: Adventures of Two Youths in by Thomas Wallace Knox (1891)
"TEN MILES WITHOUT A linchpin.—A WAGER AND ITS RESULT.—"THE TWELVE APOSTLES." ON their last evening at Killarney our friends made the acquaintance of a ..."

2. The Emporium of Arts and Sciences by John Redman Coxe (1812)
"5, is the linchpin detached ; it is put through an oblong hole in the axle as usual, but there is likewise an additional linchpin ft, to make it complete, ..."

3. A French-English Military Technical Dictionary by Cornélis De Witt Willcox (1899)
"linchpin and ring; d'essieu A coiffe, linchpin with a cap: de gourmette, (liant, ... () ressort, spring linchpin. • •ssi-ii «•. f., adz; sort of hammer, ..."

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