- [pl., with sing. or pl. v.] a tool with two parts pivoted together to form two handles and two jaws, used in gripping or nipping things
- [often pl.]Zool. a grasping claw, as of a crab or lobster; chela
Origin of pincerfrom Middle English pinsours from Old French pincier, to pinch
- 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.
- A military maneuver in which an enemy force is attacked from two flanks and the front.
Origin of pincerMiddle English pinsours pincers from Anglo-Norman pynceour from pincer to pinch ; see pinch .
- any object that resembles one half of a pair of pincers
- (Of an attack) See pincer attack