Definition of pincer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpɪnsə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪnsər//
    Parts of animals
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  1. 1 pincers [plural] a tool made of two crossed pieces of metal, used for holding things firmly and pulling things, for example nails out of wood a pair of pincers
  2. 2 [countable] one of a pair of curved claws of some types of animal, for example crabs and lobsters Crabs normally catch food with their pincers. See related entries: Parts of animals
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French pincier ‘to pinch’.
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