noun pin·cer \ˈpin(t)-sər, especially for 1 US often ˈpin-chər\

pincers : a small tool that is used for holding or gripping small objects

: a claw of a lobster or crab and some insects

Full Definition of PINCER

a :  an instrument having two short handles and two grasping jaws working on a pivot and used for gripping things
b :  a claw (as of a lobster) resembling a pair of pincers :  chela
pin·cer·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Origin of PINCER

Middle English pinceour, from Anglo-French *pinceour, pinchure, from Anglo-French *pincher, pincer to pinch, from Vulgar Latin *pinctiare, *punctiare, from Latin punctum puncture — more at point
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with PINCER

PINCERLIKE Defined for Kids


noun pin·cer \ˈpin-chər, ˈpin-sər\

Definition of PINCER for Kids

pincers plural :  a tool with two handles and two jaws for holding or gripping small objects
:  a part (as the claw of a lobster) resembling a pair of pincers


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