Tongs meaning

tôngz, tŏngz
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A grasping device consisting of two arms that are joined, often at one end, as by a pivot or a scissorlike hinge.
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(plural form of tong) An instrument or tool used for picking things up without touching them with the hands or fingers, consisting of two slats or grips hinged at the end or in the middle, and sometimes including a spring to open the grips.
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(by extension) (plural form of tong) A large scissors-like two-piece center-hinged forged-iron implement with oval-loop handles and with pointed tips turned inward (in the same plane as and perpendicular to the handles) to facilitate lifting and carrying a block of ice. Often called ice tongs.
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Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tong.
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Plural form of tong.
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A device for seizing or lifting objects, having two long arms pivoted or hinged together.
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Origin of tongs

  • Middle English tonges pl. of tonge from Old English tang, tong

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • tong ("tool for manipulating things in a fire") + -s

    From Wiktionary

  • tong ("Chinese secret society") + s

    From Wiktionary