pli·​ers | \ ˈplī(-ə)rz How to pronounce pliers (audio) \

Definition of pliers

: a small pincers for holding small objects or for bending and cutting wire

Examples of pliers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web True fishing pliers are not simply for removing hooks or mashing barbs. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Features You Need in a Pair of Fishing Pliers," 19 Sep. 2019 This is a lightweight multitool that combines pliers, knife, bottle opener, screwdrivers and wire cutters in a small form factor that weighs just 5 ounces. Jim Rossman, Dallas News, "Gift Guide 2020: Still shopping? Try these ideas on for size," 17 Dec. 2020 To replace a fuse, take a small set of pliers or flathead screwdriver and slide open the cover. David Kender, USA TODAY, "Here's how to fix your broken Christmas lights," 11 Dec. 2020 This 51-piece kit comes with a wrench, ratchet, spark plug sockets, pliers, tire gauge, screwdriver and other items needed to fix a vehicle in an emergency situation. Hannah Drown, cleveland, "15 essential items for winter emergencies, snowstorms to keep in your car," 1 Dec. 2020 Some of the tools include needlenose pliers, a wire stripper, spring-action scissors, can opener, saw blade, screwdrivers, and two knife blades. Ben Romans, Field & Stream, "Great Survival Gift Ideas for 2020," 20 Nov. 2020 Lightweight and made from stainless steel, this handy pick functions as several tools in one: a knife, pliers, a large exchangeable bit driver, wire-cutters and a carabiner/bottle opener. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this Wednesday," 19 Nov. 2020 You’ll be prepared for any job, with two pliers, two wire cutters, two knives, and no less than four screwdrivers—plus essentials like a bottle and can opener. Popular Science, "12 gift ideas for the DIYer in your life," 16 Nov. 2020 Check out the electric screwdrivers and pliers for savings over 20 percent. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "Check Out These Prime Day Deals on Some of Our Favorite Tool Brands," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of pliers

1565, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pliers

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The first known use of pliers was in 1565

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15 Jan 2021

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“Pliers.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pliers

: a tool that is used for holding small objects or for bending and cutting wire


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Kids Definition of pliers

: small pincers with long jaws used for bending or cutting wire or handling small things

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