pliers(redirected from Pliers (tool))
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.
small tong-jawed pincers for bending metals or holding small objects. Various forms are often used in dentistry.
1. Commonly, a scissor-action, pointed-jawed tool for bending or cutting metal wires or grasping small objects.
2. In dentistry, a variety of instruments that have been shaped or adapted for special uses such as cutting arch wires or metal clasps, shaping metal crown details, applying cotton pledgets or rolls, carrying metal foils, tying ligatures, and placing or removing matrix bands.