- pliers, (sometimes used with a singular verb) small pincers with long jaws, for bending wire, holding small objects, etc. (usually used with pair of).
- a person or thing that plies.
Origin of plier
Examples from the Web for pliers
A liar has her tongue pulled out by an oversized pair of pliers.Welcome to Buddhist Hell
January 23, 2014
He describes the piercing needles they allegedly poked under his toenails before ripping them off with pliers.Assad’s House of Torture
Anna Therese Day
October 14, 2012
She had to go in with pliers and kind of break them up and ended up fishing them out like Martin does in the film.The Year’s Grossest Film
October 3, 2011
Also remove any roughness on surface "B" caused by pliers when cover was removed.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
When dry remove the thread with scissors and the wires by a slight twist with pliers.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
The same result may be brought about by the use of a pair of pliers.On Laboratory Arts
The pliers struck the blackness and rebounded as if they had hit a rubber wall.Islands of Space
John W Campbell
Go get from the barn the pliers, the hand-tool that pinches.Blind Man's Lantern
Allen Kim Lang
- a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with usually serrated jaws that close on the workpiece
- a person who plies a trade
Word Origin and History for pliers
"pincers," 1560s, plural agent noun from ply (n.). French cognate plieur meant "folder."
"one who folds," 1670s, agent noun from ply (v.).