pawn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pawn leave as a guarantee in return for money "pawn your grandfather's gold watch"
    • n pawn borrowing and leaving an article as security for repayment of the loan
    • n pawn (chess) the least powerful piece; moves only forward and captures only to the side; it can be promoted to a more powerful piece if it reaches the 8th rank
    • n pawn a person used by another to gain an end
    • n pawn an article deposited as security
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Las Vegas, it's against the law to pawn your dentures.
    • n Pawn (Chess) A man or piece of the lowest rank.
    • Pawn A stake hazarded in a wager. "My life I never held but as a pawn To wage against thy enemies."
    • Pawn Anything delivered or deposited as security, as for the payment of money borrowed, or of a debt; a pledge. See Pledge n., 1. "As for mortgaging or pawning, . . . men will not take pawns without use [i. e., interest]."
    • n Pawn See Pan, the masticatory.
    • Pawn State of being pledged; a pledge for the fulfillment of a promise. "Redeem from broking pawn the blemish'd crown.""As the morning dew is a pawn of the evening fatness."
    • Pawn To give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; to put in pawn; to pledge; as, to pawn one's watch. "And pawned the last remaining piece of plate."
    • Pawn To pledge for the fulfillment of a promise; to stake; to risk; to wager; to hazard. "Pawning his honor to obtain his lust."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It's against the law to pawn your dentures in Las Vegas.
    • n pawn Something given or deposited as security, as for money borrowed; security; pledge.
    • n pawn A pledge or promise.
    • n pawn A gage; a challenge.
    • n pawn The condition of being pledged or held as security, as for the payment of a debt or the fulfilment of a promise, etc.: as, to be in pawn or at pawn.
    • n pawn A pawnshop; a pawnbroker's establishment.
    • n pawn At pawn, in pawn, pledged; hence, laid away; not available.
    • pawn To give or deposit in pledge, or as security for the payment of money borrowed; pledge.
    • pawn To pledge for the fulfilment of a promise.
    • n pawn A piece of the lowest rank and value at chess. See chess.
    • n pawn Marked pawn. See marked.
    • n pawn A peacock; in heraldry, a peacock used as a bearing.
    • n pawn Mast, or similar food for animals. Also spelled pawne.
    • n pawn A gallery.
    • n pawn Same as pan.
    • pawn To put up as collateral: hypothecate, as stock for a loan.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pawn pawn something given as security for the repayment of money or the performance of a promise: state of being pledged
    • v.t Pawn to give in pledge
    • n Pawn pawn a common piece in chess.
    • n Pawn pawn a gallery.
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Quotations

  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “After the game the King and pawn go into the same box.”
  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back into the same box.”
  • E.E. (Edward. E.) Cummings
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    “Humanity I love you because when you're hard up you pawn your intelligence to buy a drink”
  • Bob Dylan
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    “In ceremonies of the horsemen, even the pawn must hold a grudge.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. paune, poun, OF. peon, poon, F. pion, LL. pedo, a foot soldier, fr. L. pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Pioneer Peon

Usage

In literature:

Going to a cabinet, he took out a bundle of pawn tickets and flung them on the table.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol IV." by Editors: Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
Who, this remarkable young woman who with ease and assurance commanded ambassadors and played nations as pawns?
"Elusive Isabel" by Jacques Futrelle
After much wavering and hesitation, Miss Bruce resolved at last to pawn her diamonds.
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
This is a prisoner of great value and I must use him as a pawn in the game of war.
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
For any price she asked; has pawned your jewels, And mortgaged sundry farms, and all for food.
"The Saint's Tragedy" by Charles Kingsley
He was a pawn in the game.
"Through the Wall" by Cleveland Moffett
In one of his moments of desperation, he brought himself to the depth of asking Minna to pawn some of her jewelry.
"The Love Affairs of Great Musicians, Volume 2" by Rupert Hughes
No, everything I have I will sell or pawn.
"Armenian Literature" by Anonymous
Thou'lt pawn thine ears to hear him twice.
"Master Skylark" by John Bennett
Here, where there is a pawn-broker at all the corners, they drink everything.
"John Caldigate" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

But laying hands on another
To coin his labour and sweat,
He goes in pawn to his victim
For eternal years in debt.
"Boston Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
And that he never will forsake,
His credit fair he pawn'd;
In hottest broils, then, courage take,
Thy Husband's at thy hand.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter I." by Ralph Erskine
Canst thou produce no pleasant pawn,
Or token of his love?
Won't signets, bracelets, from his hand,
Thy Husband's kindness prove?
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
And yet I know she loves me still,
As on the morn that we were wed;
And darkly guess I also will
Be doomed the day that she is dead.
And yet I swear, before she's gone,
I will retrieve her ring from pawn.
"The Wedding Ring" by Robert W Service
You can get your sea-chest out o' pawn,
Or leave it where it lies:
You can pay your shot (or maybe not),
You can leave your gal likewise,
With a "Now, my dear, be of good cheer,
And wipe them blooming eyes" . . .
"Outward Bound" by Cicely Fox Smith
Quoth he, if you suspect my troth,
I cannot prove it but by oath;
And if you make a question on't,
I'll pawn my soul that I have done't;
And he that makes his soul his surety,
I think, does give the best security.
"Hudibras: Part 3 - Canto I" by Samuel Butler

In news:

' Hardcore Pawn' star releases band CD.
Jonathon Brandmeier talks to the stars of ' Hardcore Pawn: Chicago'.
Today we took some time to converse with the cast of Hardcore Pawn.
'Hardcore Pawn' star releases band CD.
Jonathon Brandmeier talks to the stars of 'Hardcore Pawn: Chicago'.
Jonathon Brandmeier invites the stars of 'TruTV's' 'Hardcore Pawn: Chicago' into the studio.
Hardcore Pawn's Return Gives truTV Largest Audience Ever.
Hardcore Pawn 's premiere episode of the second half of its sixth season drew 3.1 million viewers on Tuesday, the largest audience ever for a truTV series.
'Hardcore Pawn' sets TruTV record.
Viewers flocked to TruTV for "Hardcore Pawn" on Tuesday night, landing the cabler its largest audience of all time.
'Hardcore Pawn,' 'Barter Kings,' 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
It's clear from talking to him that Gold — one of the stars of the top-rated TruTV series " Hardcore Pawn" — is genuinely tickled by the fame that has suddenly been thrust upon him.
Luv i'll never pawn yer records.
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Family Pawn is a locally, family owned and operated business.
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In science:

The spaceships of the game of Life have direct resemblance with chess pawns because they move at a discrete speed and strictly linear (straight or diagonal) motion.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
Or, we can consider a pawn instead (without the initial double step).
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
What has happened within this time period? It is clear that the pawn was remaining at rest during P − n moves, while during the rest n moves it was jumping one square forward.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
In fact, the pawn has only two states: either to move or to stay at rest.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
But it is not so in the light of the chess rules because the pawns do not move simultaneously : the black pawn turns to move when the white pawn stays at rest.
The velocity translation in the game of "Life"
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