What does the word forceps mean?

Usage examples for forceps

  1. At any rate, the tooth broke off in the forceps, and the dentist had to confess to his patient that all the pain he had given her was useless. – The Adventure of Living by John St. Loe Strachey
  2. This was reproduced by the only sound that broke their supreme embrace when, a month later, the " arrangement," as her periodical uprootings were called, played the part of the horrible forceps. – What Maisie Knew by Henry James

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