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trice1

[trahys] /traɪs/
noun
1.
a very short time; an instant:
in a trice.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English tryse; probably special use of *trise a pull, tug, derivative of trisen, to pull; see trice2

trice2

[trahys] /traɪs/
verb (used with object), triced, tricing. Nautical
1.
to pull or haul with a rope.
2.
to haul up and fasten with a rope (usually followed by up).
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English trisen < Middle Dutch trīsen to hoist, derivative of trīse pulley
Related forms
untriced, adjective

-trice

1.
variant of -trix.
Origin
< French or Italian -trice < Latin -trīcem, accusative of -trīx -trix
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Examples for trice
  • They can fly, move with lightning speed, scale trees in a trice.
  • In a trice, his party had some of the best seats in the house.
  • But a clever advertiser will solve that problem in a trice.
  • It would be naive to urge or expect either country to become a full-blooded democracy in a trice.
  • trice characterized your complaint as a challenge to the timeliness of the production, or denial, of your specific requests.
British Dictionary definitions for trice

trice1

/traɪs/
noun
1.
moment; instant (esp in the phrase in a trice)
Word Origin
C15 (in the phrase at or in a trice, in the sense: at one tug): apparent substantive use of trice²

trice2

/traɪs/
verb
1.
(nautical) (transitive) often foll by up. to haul up or secure
Word Origin
C15: from Middle Dutch trīsen, from trīse pulley
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Word Origin and History for trice

late 14c., "haul up and fasten with a rope" (v.), from Middle Dutch trisen "hoist," from trise "pulley," of unknown origin. Hence at a tryse (mid-15c.) "in a very short time," literally "at a single pluck or pull." The Middle Dutch word is the source of Dutch trijsen "to hoist," and cognate with Middle Low German trissen (source of Danish trisse, German triezen); its ultimate origin is unknown.

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