- a person or thing that pinches.
- pinchers, (usually used with a plural verb) pincers.
noun (usually used with a plural verb)
- a gripping tool consisting of two pivoted limbs forming a pair of jaws and a pair of handles (usually used with pair of).
- Zoology. a grasping organ or pair of organs resembling this, as the claw of a lobster.
- 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
- the pair or pairs of jointed grasping appendages in lobsters and certain other arthropods
n.early 14c., “tool for grasping or nipping,” from Old French pinceure “pincers, tongs,” from pincier “to pinch” (see pinch). Applied to animal parts from 1650s. Related: Pincer.
- A jointed grasping claw of certain animals, such as lobsters and scorpions.