Hypertext Webster Gateway: "pinching"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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,
between teeth or claws, or between the jaws of an
instrument; to squeeze or compress, as between any two
hard bodies.

2. o seize; to grip; to bite; -- said of animals. [Obs.]

He [the hound] pinched and pulled her down.

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.

5. To move, as a railroad car, by prying the wheels with a
pinch. See {Pinch}, n., 4.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Pinching \Pinch"ing\, a.
Compressing; nipping; griping; niggardly; as, pinching cold;
a pinching parsimony.

{Pinching bar}, a pinch bar. See {Pinch}, n., 4.

{Pinching nut}, a check nut. See under {Check}, n.

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