[ plahy-er ]
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  1. pliers, (sometimes used with a singular verb) small pincers with long jaws, for bending wire, holding small objects, etc. (usually used with pair of).

  2. a person or thing that plies.

Origin of plier

First recorded in 1560–70; ply2 + -er1
  • Also especially British, ply·er .

Words Nearby plier Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use plier in a sentence

  • A meeting of the plier manufacturers of the country was called and the question was put before them.

  • Some French writer says, "Qu'il faut plier les grandes ailes de l'loquence pour entrer dans un salon."

  • Another use of this plier, also indicated, is to bend over the ends of the split pin in order to prevent it from falling out.

    Aviation Engines | Victor Wilfred Pag
  • Wet the spokes well and with a plier press them hard and turn them up.

    Practical Basketry | Anna A. Gill
  • Wet the spokes again and with the plier press the spokes well and bend them outward for a slight flare.

    Practical Basketry | Anna A. Gill

British Dictionary definitions for plier


/ (ˈplaɪə) /

  1. a person who plies a trade

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