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(1) The male lead on a chip or cable connector. Each pin is plugged into its female counterpart to complete the circuit. The number of pins reflects the number of wires, or pathways, that carry signals. See plugs and sockets.

(2) (PIN) (Personal Identification Number) A type of password used for authentication. Typically four to six digits, the PIN is used to authenticate ATM and debit cards. The PIN may be the only authentication mechanism required, or it may be used with another password. See passcode and password.

(3) To place an object onto a home screen or home page. For example, in Windows and Windows Phone, "Pin to Start" means to place an application icon onto the Start screen. See Pinterest.

(4) (PIN) (Processor Independent NetWare) A version of NetWare 4.1 designed for portability to multiple platforms. Development was stopped in early 1995.



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