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 (pĭn′sər) also pinch·er (pĭn′sər)
a. often pincers or pinchers A grasping tool having two parts hinged together to work in opposition.
b. One of the opposing parts in such a tool.
a. A claw resembling such a tool, as of a lobster or scorpion; a chela.
b. pincers or pinchers A pair of mandibles or other appendages used by certain arthropods for grasping, as the cerci of an earwig.
3. A military maneuver in which an enemy force is attacked from two flanks and the front.

[Middle English pinsours, pincers, from Anglo-Norman pynceour, from pincer, to pinch; see pinch.]


pl n
1. (Tools) Also called: pair of pincers a gripping tool consisting of two hinged arms with handles at one end and, at the other, curved bevelled jaws that close on the workpiece: used esp for extracting nails
2. (Zoology) the pair or pairs of jointed grasping appendages in lobsters and certain other arthropods
[C14: from Old French pinceour, from Old French pincier to pinch]


(ˈpɪn sərz)

n. (usu. with a pl. v.)
1. a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usu. used with pair of).
2. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
[1300–50; Middle English pinsers, earlier pynceours < Anglo-French pinc(er) to pinch + -eour -or2]


A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters or scorpions.
كَمّاشَه، كُلابَة الطَّبيبمَخالِب سَرطان البَحْر


[ˈpɪnsərz] npl (also pair of pincers) → tenailles fpl


Kneifzange f, → Beißzange f; a pair of pincerseine Kneifzange, eine Beißzange
(Zool) → Schere f, → Zange f


[ˈpɪnsəz] npl (of crab) → pinze fpl, chele fpl; (tool) → tenaglie fpl


(ˈpinsəz) noun plural
1. a tool for gripping things tightly. She used (a pair of) pincers to grasp the head of the nail.
2. the claws of lobsters, crabs etc.
References in classic literature ?
The procurator wheeled round in affright; it seemed to him that pincers of iron had clutched his arm.
Under the guidance of her Christian pastors, she entertained herself, besides, with such humane achievements as sentencing a youth to have his hands cut off, his tongue torn out with pincers, and his body burned alive, because he had not kneeled down in the rain to do honour to a dirty procession of monks which passed within his view, at a distance of some fifty or sixty yards.
The front pair of legs terminate in very strong and heavy pincers, and the last pair are fitted with others weaker and much narrower.
Another has the toothache: the carpenter out pincers, and clapping one hand upon his bench bids him be seated there; but the poor fellow unmanageably winces under the unconcluded operation; whirling round the handle of his wooden vice, the carpenter signs him to clap his jaw in that, if he would have him draw the tooth.
The general presented the ambassador with a rich robe, and returned this gallant answer: "That he and his fellow-soldiers were come with an intention to drive Mahomet out of these countries, which he had wrongfully usurped; that his present design was, instead of returning back the way he came, as Mahomet advised, to open himself a passage through the country of his enemies; that Mahomet should rather think of determining whether he would fight or yield up his ill-gotten territories, than of prescribing measures to him; that he put his whole confidence in the omnipotence of God and the justice of his cause, and that to show how just a sense he had of Mahomet's kindness, he took the liberty of presenting him with a looking-glass and a pair of pincers.
Next he opened the dead man's mouth, and by the help of a pair of pincers drew the bone from his throat.
Pincers and hammers, mallets and chisels would not get it out of my grip; no, nor lions' claws; the soul from out of my body first
As for him, the need of accommodating himself to her nature, which was inflexible in proportion to its negations, held him as with pincers.
The same silence, and then, ere the host could oppose his design, Grimaud seized a pair of pincers he perceived in a corner and forced the bolt.
But he ran on into the middle of the street, with a slipper on one foot and a sock on the other; he still had on his apron, and still held the gold chain and the pincers in his hands, and so he stood gazing up at the bird, while the sun came shining brightly down on the street.
I made myself some; and with the exception of a file, I have all that are necessary, -- a chisel, pincers, and lever.
And when he'd caught the Crocodile, what doos oo think he did--'cause he'd got pincers in his pocket?