1 a painful or straitened circumstance; "the pinch of the recession"
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]
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]
- Rhymes with: -ɪntʃ
squeeze a small amount of skin
- The action of squeezing a small amount of a person's skin and flesh, making it hurt.
- A small amount of powder or granules, such that the amount could be held between fingertip and thumb tip.
- An awkward situation of some kind (especially money or social) which is difficult to escape.
- An organic herbal smoke additive.
action of squeezing a small amount of skin
small amount of powder
Pinch may refer to:
- Pinch (cooking), a very small amount of an ingredient, typically salt or a spice
- Pinch (plasma physics), the compression of a plasma filament by magnetic forces, or a device which uses this effect for magnetic fusion energy (the Z-pinch is a special case of such a device)
- The point of maximum constraint or minimum flow in various chemical engineering processes
- Pinch temperature, the key point in a process when using pinch analysis techniques to minimise energy use
- Pinch, West Virginia
- Pinched, a 1917 film starring Harold Lloyd
Pinch is also the name of several people:
- John Pinch the elder (1770–1827) and younger (1796–1849), British architects in Bath
- Trevor Pinch (born 1953), British sociologist at Cornell University
- Pinch (drummer), British musician, current drummer of punk band The Damned
- Tom Pinch and Ruth Pinch, characters in the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit
pinch in German: Prise
pinch in French: Prise
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