—v.t. to lift, seize, gather, hold, or handle with tongs, as logs or oysters.
—v.i. to use, or work with, tongs.
Pronunciation: (tông, tong),[key] —n. 1. (in China) an association, society, or political party.
2. (among Chinese living in the U.S.) a fraternal or secret society, often associated with criminal activities.