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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pinch /ˈpɪnʧ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 pinch /ˈpɪnʧ/ 及物動詞

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pinch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pinched p. pr. & vb. n. Pinching.]
 1. To press hard or squeeze between the ends of the fingers, between teeth or claws, or between the jaws of an instrument; to squeeze or compress, as between any two hard bodies.
 2. to seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. [Obs.]
    He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.   --Chapman.
 3. To plait. [Obs.]
    Full seemly her wimple ipinched was.   --Chaucer.
 4. Figuratively: To cramp; to straiten; to oppress; to starve; to distress; as, to be pinched for money.
    Want of room . . . pinching a whole nation.   --Sir W. Raleigh.
 5. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a pinch. See Pinch, n., 4.
 6. To seize by way of theft; to steal; to lift. [Slang]
 7. to catch; to arrest (a criminal).

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pinch, v. i.
 1. To act with pressing force; to compress; to squeeze; as, the shoe pinches.
 2. Hunt. To take hold; to grip, as a dog does. [Obs.]
 3. To spare; to be niggardly; to be covetous.
    The wretch whom avarice bids to pinch and spare.   --Franklin.
 To pinch at, to find fault with; to take exception to. [Obs.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pinch, n.
 1. A close compression, as with the ends of the fingers, or with an instrument; a nip.
 2. As much as may be taken between the finger and thumb; any very small quantity; as, a pinch of snuff.
 3. Pian; pang. “Necessary's sharp pinch.”
 4. A lever having a projection at one end, acting as a fulcrum, -- used chiefly to roll heavy wheels, etc. Called also pinch bar.
 At a pinch, On a pinch, in an emergency; as, he could on a pinch read a little Latin.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the
      2: an injury resulting from getting some body part squeezed
      3: a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a
         touch of garlic" [syn: touch, hint, tinge, mite, jot,
          speck, soupcon]
      4: a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that
         requires immediate action; "he never knew what to do in an
         emergency" [syn: emergency, exigency]
      5: small sharp biting [syn: nip]
      6: a squeeze with the fingers [syn: tweak]
      7: the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a
         criminal); "the policeman on the beat got credit for the
         collar" [syn: apprehension, arrest, catch, collar,
          taking into custody]
      v 1: squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her
           behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" [syn: squeeze, twinge,
            tweet, nip, twitch]
      2: make ridges into by pinching together [syn: crimp]
      3: make off with belongings of others [syn: pilfer, cabbage,
          purloin, abstract, snarf, swipe, hook, sneak,
          filch, nobble, lift]
      4: cut the top off; "top trees and bushes" [syn: top]
      5: irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear; "smooth surfaces
         can vellicate the teeth"; "the pain is as if sharp points
         pinch your back" [syn: vellicate]