noun, plural for·ceps, for·ci·pes [fawr-suh-peez] /ˈfɔr səˌpiz/.
Origin of forceps
Examples from the Web for forceps
Mackay had no forceps, but he knew how to pull a tooth, and he was not the sort to be daunted by the lack of tools.The Black-Bearded Barbarian (George Leslie Mackay)|Mary Esther Miller MacGregor, AKA Marion Keith
The handles of the forceps were so long that fifty men could take hold of them at one time.
The handle of this spoon is likewise of platinum, and should fit into a piece of cork, or be held with the forceps.
The assistant now holds these forceps and thus supports the sac so the operator can see the duct clearly.Fur Farming For Profit|Hermon Basil Laymon
I take five cells, which are only partly provisioned, and empty them of their honey with a wad of cotton held in my forceps.The Mason-bees|J. Henri Fabre
British Dictionary definitions for forceps
noun plural -ceps or -cipes (-sɪˌpiːz)
- a surgical instrument in the form of a pair of pincers, used esp in the delivery of babies
- (as modifier)a forceps baby
Word Origin for forceps
Word Origin and History for forceps
1560s, from Latin forceps "pair of tongs, pincers," compound of formus "hot" (see warm (adj.)) + root of capere "to hold, take" (see capable). Originally a smith's implement. The classical plural is forcipes.