from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A singularity of a surface consisting of a point on a double line or nodal curve where the two tangent-planes coincide.


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  • Though Libya is the immediate problem, Admiral Soar raised another enduring concern —– the busy shipping lanes in the Straits of Hormuz, the pinch-point passageway south of Iran that leads out of the persian Gulf and into the Indian Ocean.

    Navy makes contingency plans to send more ships to Libya

  • Today, Victoria Harbor is less than half its original size, and at its pinch-point the width has been reduced from 2,300 meters to just 900; the waterfront is lined with skyscrapers, elevated roadways and shopping malls.

    Taking Back the Waterfront

  • This relatively tiny market is now the pinch-point in a $4.8-trillion dollar global industry.

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  • "The MoD should set out what opportunities and encouragement it gives to those in the armed forces who face compulsory redundancy to retrain, especially into 'pinch-point' trades."

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  • Using Visibility Master Production Scheduling, ETO manufacturers are able to identify critical 'pinch-point' processes and tie them back to the overall job using the Rough Cut

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  • We consider that the proposed FRI is appropriately targeted in addressing a very specific pinch-point for a limited duration, accompanied by some non-remunerative steps to address the problem in the long-term.

    Army Rumour Service

  • The path "comes to a little pinch-point with the planter on the right," Mitchell said at the meeting.

    Jamaica Plain Gazette

  • One way to distinguish neurogenic pain from local pain is to inject a small amount of a steroid into the suspected pinch-point.

    New Haven Independent

  • Resolution of traffic pinch-point on Tory St/Courtenay Pl intersection. - Comments

  • He got trapped in a pinch-point by rubble falling into the cave, and the last thing he thought about was not wanting his family to see the look of terror on his face.

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