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TEMPER-PIN, n. 1. The wooden screw on the stock-bar of the reel used to control the tension of the band of a spinning-wheel (Sc. 1808 Jam.; ‡Uls. 1953 Traynor); “a pin which tempers machinery” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 444). Also in reduced form temper. Sc. 1724  Ramsay T.-T. Misc. (1876) I. 59:
To keep the temper-pin in tiff, Employs aft my hand, Sir.
Ags. 1790  D. Morison Poems 6:
The temper pin she gies a tirl, An' spins but slow, yet seems to birl.
wm.Sc. 1843  Whistle-Binkie V. 45:
The temper was made when the timmer was green.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin iii.:
A hole in her chackit apron claught haud o' the temper pin, whan doon gaed Bessie an' the wheel.

2. The tuning screw or peg of a violin. Ayr. 1786  Burns Ep. Maj. Logan iv.:
Heaven send your heartstrings aye in tune, And screw your temper-pins abune.
Abd. 1790  A. Shirrefs Poems 339:
Gin the temper-pin ye'll screw, And gi'es a sang.

3. The pin regulating the flow of grain over the hopper in a mill (Kcb.1 1937).

4. Fig. Disposition, mood, temper. Bnff. 1866  Gregor D. Bnff. 191:
His temper-pin's oot o' order.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin x.:
Mr. Gowlanthump's temper pin was naewise improved.

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"Temper-pin n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 Oct 2018 <>



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