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 — 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

  • 3 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 …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 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

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

    English syllables

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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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  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 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

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

    Law dictionary

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

    Enciclopedia Universal

  • 15 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

  • 16 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 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 …

    Universalium

  • 18 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

  • 19 pinch — /pɪntʃ / (say pinch) verb (t) 1. to compress between the finger and thumb, the jaws of an instrument, or any two opposed surfaces. 2. to compress, constrict, or squeeze painfully, as a tight shoe does. 3. to cramp within narrow bounds or quarters …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 pinch — I n. painful squeeze 1) to give smb. a pinch emergency (colloq.) 2) at (BE), in (esp. AE) a pinch arrest (colloq.) 3) to make a pinch II v. (colloq.) (D; tr.) ( to arrest ) to pinch for (pinched for speeding) * * * [pɪntʃ] …

    Combinatory dictionary