Meaning of 钳

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(Trad.: 鉗)
Pinyin: qián
English Definition: pincers; pliers; tongs; claw (of animal); to grasp with pincers; to pinch; to clamp; to restrain; to restrict; to gag
Chinese Definition:
Total strokes: 10; Radical:
Pictophonetic: indicates the sound; (metal) conveys the meaning.
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Example Words
钳工 qián gōng fitter; benchwork
钳制 qián zhì to suppress; to muzzle; to gag
火钳 huǒ qián fire tongs
虎钳 qián vise
老虎钳 lǎo qián vise; pincer pliers
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Example Sentences
The second shrimp is a new species - they also graze as juveniles, but as they grow to adult stage, their front claws enlarge and they become predators.
I shouted once before a small hand clamped shut my mouth and then another pair of hands inserted a gag.
She then retrieved the melting, charred object from the fire with a pair of barbecue tongs, walked upstairs to the kitchen and waved the deformed13) soother in front of my two-year-old face.
A hammer, pliers and an anvil - the main tools of a blacksmith.
One shrimp has even adapted special pruning claws to harvest food from its volcanic environment, while another becomes a hunter later in life.