The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.
a hand tool with tapered jaws that are serrated on their flat inner surfaces. Mechanics and electricians use flat-nosed pliers to grip and bend small metal parts and to twist together leads and other wires. Flat-nosed pliers are 125 to 200 mm long.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.