pincer

noun pin·cer \ ˈpin(t)-sər , especially for sense 1 US often ˈpin-chər \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of pincer

1 a pincers plural : 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

pincerlike

play \ˈpin(t)-sər-ˌlīk\ adjective

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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


PINCER Defined for English Language Learners

pincer

noun

Definition of pincer for English Language Learners

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

  • : a claw of a lobster or crab and some insects


PINCER Defined for Kids

pincer

noun pin·cer \ ˈpin-chər , ˈpin-sər \

Definition of pincer for Students

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


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