Definition of pliers in English:

pliers

Syllabification: pli·ers
Pronunciation: /ˈplīərz
 
/
(also a pair of pliers)

noun

  • Pincers with parallel, flat, and typically serrated surfaces, used chiefly for gripping small objects or bending wire.
    More example sentences
    • With pliers, bend the wire ends back into the button so they won't snag the garment fabric.
    • Picking up a pair of discarded pliers he snipped two wires and replaced some of the others.
    • Right next to his corpse, electric wires, clippers, pliers, and screwdrivers lie strewn across the sidewalk.

Origin

mid 16th century: from dialect ply 'bend', from French plier 'to bend', from Latin plicare 'to fold'.

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