- A pair of pinchers, or tongs; an instrument for grasping,
holding firmly, or exerting traction upon, bodies which it would be
inconvenient or impracticable to seize with the fingers, especially one
for delicate operations, as those of watchmakers, surgeons,
accoucheurs, dentists, etc. - The caudal forceps-shaped appendage of earwigs and some
other insects. See Earwig.