plench

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Blend of pliers +‎ wrench

Noun[edit]

plench (plural plenches)

  1. A tool combining features of pliers and wrench, for use in microgravity.
    • 1964, Popular Science (April 1964, page 115)
      The plench produces sufficient torque to move a nut, but doesn't pass on torque to the astronaut. External torque to move socket wrench is produced by squeezing the handles.