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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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

pincerlike

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Origin and Etymology 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


PINCER Defined for Kids

pincer

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noun pin·cer \ˈpin-chər, ˈpin-sər\

Definition of pincer for Students

  1. 1 pincers plural :  a tool with two handles and two jaws for holding or gripping small objects

  2. 2 :  a part (as the claw of a lobster) resembling a pair of pincers




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