pinch

  • 1 Pinch — may refer to:* Pinch (cooking), a very small amount of an ingredient, typically salt or a spice * Pinch, West VirginiaMathematics and Science* Pinch (plasma physics), the compression of a plasma filament by magnetic forces, or a device which uses …

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  • 2 pinch´er — pinch «pihnch», verb, noun. –v.t. 1. to squeeze between the thumb and forefinger, with the teeth or claws, or with any instrument having two jaws or parts between which something may be grasped: »Father pinched the baby s cheek playfully.… …

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  • 3 Pinch — Pinch, n. 1. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip. [1913 Webster] 2. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff. [1913 Webster] 3. Pian; pang.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 pinch — [n1] tight pressing compression, confinement, contraction, cramp, grasp, grasping, hurt, limitation, nip, nipping, pressure, squeeze, torment, tweak, twinge; concept 728 pinch [n2] small amount bit, dash, drop, jot, mite, small quantity, soupçon …

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  • 5 Pinch — Pinch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pinched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pinching}.] [F. pincer, probably fr. OD. pitsen to pinch; akin to G. pfetzen to cut, pinch; perhaps of Celtic origin. Cf. {Piece}.] 1. To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the fingers …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 pinch — pinch; pinch·able; pinch·er; pinch·beck; pinch·ing; pinch·ing·ly; …

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  • 7 pinch — ► VERB 1) grip (the flesh) tightly between finger and thumb. 2) (of a shoe) hurt (a foot) by being too tight. 3) tighten (the lips or a part of the face). 4) informal, chiefly Brit. steal. 5) informal arrest. 6) live in a frugal way …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 pinch — [pinch] vt. [ME pinchen < NormFr * pincher < OFr pincier < VL * pinctiare < ? punctiare, to prick (see PUNCHEON1), infl. by * piccare: see PICADOR] 1. to squeeze between a finger and the thumb or between two surfaces, edges, etc. 2.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Pinch — Pinch, v. i. 1. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches. [1913 Webster] 2. (Hunt.) To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 3. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous. Gower. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 Pinch — Pinch, WV U.S. Census Designated Place in West Virginia Population (2000): 2811 Housing Units (2000): 1194 Land area (2000): 3.507567 sq. miles (9.084557 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.037141 sq. miles (0.096194 sq. km) Total area (2000): 3.544708… …

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  • 11 Pinch, WV — U.S. Census Designated Place in West Virginia Population (2000): 2811 Housing Units (2000): 1194 Land area (2000): 3.507567 sq. miles (9.084557 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.037141 sq. miles (0.096194 sq. km) Total area (2000): 3.544708 sq. miles… …

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  • 12 pinch —    , pinch pot    Pinching is a pottery technique, fundamental to manipulating clay. Making a pinch pot is pressing the thumb into a ball of clay, and drawing the clay out into a pot by repeatedly squeezing the clay between the thumb and fingers …

    Glossary of Art Terms

  • 13 pinch — The idiom at a pinch, meaning ‘if absolutely necessary’, is the BrE form; in AmE it has the form in a pinch …

    Modern English usage

  • 14 pinch# — pinch vb *steal, pilfer, filch, purloin, lift, snitch, swipe, cop pinch n juncture, pass, exigency, emergency, contingency, strait, crisis Analogous words: *difficulty, hardship, rigor, vicissitude …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 15 pinch — index constrict (compress), dearth, plight, predicament, privation, quagmire, retrench, stress ( …

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  • 16 pinch — pinch, efecto o efecto de constricción …

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 17 pinch — pinch1 [pıntʃ] v [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: From an unrecorded Old North French pinchier] 1.) [T] to press a part of someone s skin very tightly between your finger and thumb, especially so that it hurts ▪ We have to stop her pinching her baby… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 pinch — [[t]pɪ̱ntʃ[/t]] pinches, pinching, pinched 1) VERB If you pinch a part of someone s body, you take a piece of their skin between your thumb and first finger and give it a short squeeze. [V n] She pinched his arm as hard as she could... [V n] We… …

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  • 19 pinch — pinchable, adj. /pinch/, v.t. 1. to squeeze or compress between the finger and thumb, the teeth, the jaws of an instrument, or the like. 2. to constrict or squeeze painfully, as a tight shoe does. 3. to cramp within narrow bounds or quarters: The …

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  • 20 pinch — 1 verb 1 (T) to press a part of someone s flesh very tightly between your finger and thumb, especially so that it hurts: Mum, he pinched me! 2 (T) informal to steal something, especially something small or not very valuable: Someone s pinched my… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English