pincer

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pincer a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
    • n pincer a hand tool for holding consisting of a compound lever for grasping
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Usage

In literature:

If the foreign body can be seen it should be grasped with a pincers and removed.
"Old-Time Makers of Medicine" by James J. Walsh
While waiting the arrival of the pincers she asked her consort if he had any idea why she set such store upon the casket.
"Romance of Roman Villas" by Elizabeth W. (Elizbeth Williams) Champney
From the moment that the pincers have made a gash in the vulnerable skin, the Rhinoceros is lost.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
Time was when your pincers would have met in the flesh of maid or man who disturbed you in your work.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
This is rather a family-dish than a company one; the bones cannot be well picked without the help of alive pincers.
"The Cook's Oracle; and Housekeeper's Manual" by William Kitchiner
The shaping will require considerable cutting and neat manipulation with pincers and hammer and tying with bits of wire.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
The vast stone pincers were lifted from him; slithered to the ground beside him.
"The Planetoid of Peril" by Paul Ernst
I hope I shall never hear the cruel click of his pincers anywhere near me!
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. V, August, 1878, No 10." by Various
Many-shaped keen-bladed knives lay on various low tables, and thin, wicked-looking prongs and pincers.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
I deserve that fiends should tear my flesh with red-hot pincers.
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
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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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