[pin-serz or pin-cherz]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for pincers
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
Others, they plucked off all the hair of their heads and beards with pincers.Fox's Book of Martyrs
As if I were being pounded with mallets and torn by pincers.The Rainy Day Railroad War
If the foreign body can be seen it should be grasped with a pincers and removed.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
- 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
C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch
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
- A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.
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