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pincer

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

Simple Definition of pincer

  • 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

  1. 1 plural 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

  2. 2 :  pincer movement

pin·cer·like play \-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

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