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[pin-serz or pin-cherz] /ˈpɪn sərz or ˈpɪn tʃərz/
noun, (usually used with a plural verb)
a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usually used with pair of).
Zoology. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
Origin of pincers
1300-50; Middle English pinsers, earlier pynceours, plural of *pinceour < Anglo-French pince(r) to pinch + -our -or2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Mr. Hartgold took up a diamond with a pair of pincers, and exhibited it to the banker.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • It looks as though someone had held the letter in a—a pair of pincers.

    The Film of Fear Arnold Fredericks
  • Others, they plucked off all the hair of their heads and beards with pincers.

  • As if I were being pounded with mallets and torn by pincers.

  • If the foreign body can be seen it should be grasped with a pincers and removed.

  • During this time they cling to the swimming legs of the parent by means of their pincers.

  • Ten days are allowed when the hair is taken out with a pair of pincers.

  • Each had her own wrenches and pincers to use for that purpose.

    The Guardian Angel Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • A wrench followed; a yell was the result, and the pincers slipped!

    The Lighthouse R.M. Ballantyne
  • Well; do not open my eyes with pincers, nor compose for them a collyrium of spurge.

    Imaginary Conversations and Poems Walter Savage Landor
British Dictionary definitions for pincers


plural noun
Also called pair of pincers. a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with handles at one end and, at the other, curved bevelled jaws that close on the workpiece: used esp for extracting nails
the pair or pairs of jointed grasping appendages in lobsters and certain other arthropods
Word Origin
C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pincers

early 14c., "tool for grasping or nipping," from Old French pinceure "pincers, tongs," from pincier "to pinch" (see pinch). Applied to animal parts from 1650s. Related: Pincer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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pincers in Science
A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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