a pin or bolt, especially one on which something turns, as the gudgeon of a hinge.
a pin, bolt, or hook by which a gun or the like is attached to the rear of a towing vehicle.
a cast iron or steel base for a wooden post, often cast in a single piece with a cap for a lower post.

before 1100; Middle English pintel penis, Old English; cognate with Old Danish pintel Unabridged
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pintle (ˈpɪntəl)
1.  a pin or bolt forming the pivot of a hinge
2.  the link bolt, hook, or pin on a vehicle's towing bracket
3.  the needle or plunger of the injection valve of an oil engine
[Old English pintel penis]

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Example sentences
Pintle and fuel ring blanks allowed new injector designs to be manufactured
Unit must be outfitted with pintle hook, safety chains and required lights.
Must not be attached to the pintle hook or other attachment device.
Shall contain an adapter plate that attaches to either a pintle hitch or
  backhoe adapter.
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