pinch point

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pinch point (plural pinch points)

  1. (engineering) A point in between moving and stationary parts of a machine where an individual's body part may become caught, leading to injury[1]
  2. (economics) The level of inventories of a commodity or product below which consumers become concerned about security of supply
  3. (mathematics) Cuspidal point, a type of singular point on an algebraic surface
  4. A kerb extension, a traffic calming measure consisting of an angled narrowing of the roadway
  5. A bottleneck, part of a process that is too slow and causes a delay


  1. ^ American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (n.d.) SB-2002-35 Pinch Point Hand Injuries.