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

  • Variant of pincers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Plural form of pincher.
  • n. Alternative form of pincers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An instrument having two handles and two grasping jaws working on a pivot; -- used for griping things to be held fast, drawing nails, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as pincers.
  • n. A tool for splicing wire rigging.


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