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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Tongs having a jointed extensible framework operated by scissorslike handles, used for grasping an object at a distance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. a system of jointed bars capable of great extension, originally made for picking up something at a distance, now variously applied in machinery.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A kind of tongs or pincers consisting of a number of pairs of levers pivoted together at the middle and hinged to one another at the ends, the extension of which, produced by bringing together the scissors-like handles, enables one without change of position to pick up an object at a considerable distance (whence the name).

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