1 [trahys]
a very short time; an instant: in a trice.

1400–50; late Middle English tryse; probably special use of *trise a pull, tug, derivative of trisen, to pull; see trice2 Unabridged


2 [trahys]
verb (used with object), triced, tricing. Nautical.
to pull or haul with a rope.
to haul up and fasten with a rope (usually followed by up ).

1350–1400; Middle English trisen < Middle Dutch trīsen to hoist, derivative of trīse pulley

untriced, adjective


variant of -trix.

< French or Italian -trice < Latin -trīcem, accusative of -trīx -trix Unabridged
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trice1 (traɪs)
moment; instant (esp in the phrase in a trice)
[C15 (in the phrase at or in a trice, in the sense: at one tug): apparent substantive use of trice²]

trice2 (traɪs)
vb (often foll by up)
nautical to haul up or secure
[C15: from Middle Dutch trīsen, from trīse pulley]

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Word Origin & History

c.1373, "haul up and fasten with a rope" (v.), from M.Du. trisen "hoist," from trise "pulley," of unknown origin. Hence at a tryse (1440) "in a very short time," lit. "at a single pluck or pull." The M.Du. word is the source of Du. trijsen "to hoist," and cognate with M.L.G. trissen (source of Dan. trisse,
Ger. triezen); its ultimate origin is unknown.
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Example sentences
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.
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