Pincers

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. pl Pincers See Pinchers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The smallest of American owls, the elf owl, often nests in the Gila woodpecker’s cactus hole after the woodpecker leaves. The owl measures barely 6 inches tall. It specializes in catching scorpions, seizing each by the tail and nipping off its stinger. It then swallows the scorpion’s body, pincers and all.
    • n pincers A tool having two hinged jaws which can be firmly closed and held together. See cut under nippers.
    • n pincers In zoology, nippers or prehensile claws of certain animals, as insects and crustaceans.
    • n pincers Specifically.
    • n pincers A chela, or chelate limb. See chela, and cuts under lobster and Pedipalpi.
    • n pincers Anal forceps.
    • n pincers Sometimes called pinchers.
    • pincers A species of herring, Sardina escamuda.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pincers Same as Pinchers.
    • Pincers an instrument for gripping anything firmly, esp. for drawing out nails, &c
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pince, pinchers, fr. pincer, to pinch. See Pinch Pinchers
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pincer; prob. Teut., cf. Dut. pitsen, to pinch.

Usage

In literature:

It is armed with pincers, which it uses much as the elephant does his trunk, though with infinite celerity.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 13, No. 79, May, 1864" by Various
Watch the giant pincers that lift the red-hot ingots and drop them into the stamping presses.
"The War on All Fronts: England's Effort" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
There's one of them like a flat-iron, with pincers at the point.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
The feelers played about, groping, cautious, the pincers opened and closed.
"The Adventures of Maya the Bee" by Waldemar Bonsels
His flesh was then torn with red hot pincers, and at last he was despatched by being torn to pieces by wild beasts.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Forcipiform: having the form of forceps or pincers.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Put hammers round his head, and pincers, and long nails.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
But he hadn't any more than closed his pincers when Frisky Squirrel began to scream.
"The Tale of Jimmy Rabbit" by Arthur Scott Bailey
Here, what have you done with those pincers, Joe?
"Diamond Dyke" by George Manville Fenn
Plyers are a smaller kind of pincers, and are used for small work in the same way.
"The Book of Sports:" by William Martin
You can't bridle a horse with pincers.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
The armourer's pincers or tongs.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
In no instance has Pincer ever been wrong, his scent is so very good.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
Pull fairly tight, but not too tight, and do not use pincers for this part; quarter-inch tacks will be best.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
A two- pronged pincer?
"Project Cyclops" by Thomas Hoover
A small yellow button was finally detached with pincers.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
Then Nichol went round to investigate, and taking the pincers entered once more into the garden and prepared to cut the wire.
"The Escaping Club" by A. J. Evans
I will tear his flesh with pincers!
"The Infidel, Vol. I." by Robert Montgomery Bird
I'm off to get the small pincers from father's tool chest.
"Betty's Battles" by S. L. M.
The cord and the pincers are in constant requisition in these present days of political convulsion.
"Rule of the Monk" by Giuseppe Garibaldi
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In poetry:

There shine upon the second shield
A hammer and pincers bright;
Them carries Vidrik Verlandson,
Ne’er gives he quarter in fight.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
Then sank the iron rack apart,
The cords released their cruel clasp,
The pincers, with their teeth of fire,
Fell broken from the torturer's grasp.
"The Legend of St. Mark" by John Greenleaf Whittier
He slept. His sidelong violence summoned
fiends whose mosaic vision saw
his heart entire. Pincer and claw,
trident and vampire fang, envenomed
with his most secret hate, reached and came near
to pierce him in the thicket of his fear.
"The Glass Jar" by Gwen Harwood
And in the pincers of the boiling circle,
The sea and instrument, nicked in the locks of time,
My great blood's iron single
In the pouring town,
I, in a wind on fire, from green Adam's cradle,
No man more magical, clawed out the crocodile.
"I, In My Intricate Image" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

And what could be more dramatic than the wasteland that was Mitteleuropa after Germany got crushed between the pincers of Communism and America's Arsenal of Democracy.
To help them grow, it waves its pincers over methane and sulfide vents, fertilizing the bacteria and making them good enough to eat.
Because Government Is Under Assault, From A Conservative Pincer Movement By Judges And Elected Officials.
While it is possible for hasty or inexperienced techs to leave a free edge that could develop into a pincer nail, techs can also be the first line of defense in preventing pincer nails from growing into a bigger problem.
Orange-loving Trinidad guppies are curiously attracted to orange spots on prawn pincers, which may make it easier for the predators to snatch them up.
Builds fine-motor skills (wrist movement, pincer grasp).
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In science:

If the degeneracy is slightly broken, the individual black holes form with spherical topology but as they approach, tidal distortion produces two sharp pincers on each black hole just prior to merger.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
At merger, the two pincers join to form a single temporarily toroidal black hole.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
In the degenerate axisymmetric limit, the pincers reduce to a point so that the individual holes have teardrop shape and they merge without a toroidal phase.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
Figure 5: Formation of sharp pincers just prior to merger.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
Furthermore, we denote by “(D)” a pincer [Fig. 7 (b)], enclosing some arbitrary sub-diagram D .
The zero-dimensional O(N) vector model as a benchmark for perturbation theory, the large-N expansion and the functional renormalization group
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