tongs

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction \ˈtäŋz, ˈtȯŋz\

Definition of tongs

  1. :  any of numerous grasping devices consisting commonly of two pieces joined at one end by a pivot or hinged like scissors

Origin and Etymology of tongs

Middle English tonges, plural of tonge, from Old English tang; akin to Old High German zanga tongs and perhaps to Greek daknein to bite


First Known Use: before 12th century



TONGS Defined for English Language Learners

tongs

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noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction \ˈtäŋz, ˈtȯŋz\

Definition of tongs for English Language Learners

  • : a tool used for lifting or holding objects that is made of two long pieces connected at one end or in the middle


TONGS Defined for Kids

tongs

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noun plural \ˈtäŋz, ˈtȯŋz\

Definition of tongs for Students

  1. :  a tool for taking hold of or lifting something that consists usually of two movable pieces joined at one end or in the middle


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