What does tongs mean?

Definitions for tongstɔŋz, tɒŋz

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word tongs.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tongs, pair of tongs(noun)

    any of various devices for taking hold of objects; usually have two hinged legs with handles above and pointed hooks below

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tongs

    an instrument, usually of metal, consisting of two parts, or long shafts, jointed together at or near one end, or united by an elastic bow, used for handling things, especially hot coals or metals; -- often called a pair of tongs


  1. Tongs

    Tongs are used for gripping and lifting tools, of which there are many forms adapted to their specific use. Some are merely large pincers or nippers, but the greatest number fall into three classes: ⁕Tongs which have long arms terminating in small flat circular ends of tongs and are pivoted close to the handle, as in the common fire-tongs, used for picking up pieces of coal and placing them on a fire. ⁕Tongs consisting of a single band of metal bent round one or two bands joined at the head by a spring, as in sugar-tongs, asparagus-tongs and the like. ⁕Tongs in which the pivot or joint is placed close to the gripping ends, such as a driller's round tongs, blacksmith's tongs or crucible-tongs. The tongs are the most-used cooking utensil when grilling or barbecuing, as they provide a way to move, rotate and turn the food with delicate precision.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tongs

    tongz, n.pl. a domestic instrument, consisting of two jointed pieces or shafts of metal, used for lifting. [A.S. tange; Ice. töng, Ger. zange.]

Editors Contribution

  1. tongs

    A type of device and product created and designed in various colors, materials, mechanism, shapes, sizes and styles and used for a variety of purposes.

    We use our kitchen tongs to lift food from the toaster, take food from the wok, toss a salad etc.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tongs in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tongs in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oliver Funnell:

    You could feel the outline of the tongs through the snake.

  2. Oliver Funnell:

    There was a chance (he could have regurgitated the tongs) but they were too far in, even dragging them out could have been fatal.

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