plier

[ plahy-er ]
/ ˈplaɪ ər /

noun

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.

QUIZZES

This Word Of The Day Quiz Is Far From Thersitical
Have you mastered the meaning of phronesis? How about plethoric? Take the quiz on the words from the week of February 17 to 23 to find out.
Question 1 of 7
Lincolnesque
Also especially British, ply·er.

Origin of plier

First recorded in 1560–70; ply2 + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for pliers

British Dictionary definitions for pliers (1 of 2)

pliers
/ (ˈplaɪəz) /

pl n

a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with usually serrated jaws that close on the workpiece

Word Origin for pliers

C16: from ply 1

British Dictionary definitions for pliers (2 of 2)

plier
/ (ˈplaɪə) /

noun

a person who plies a trade
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012