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[vee-zey, vee-zey] /ˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ/
noun, verb (used with object), viséed, viséing.
Origin of visé
< French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa Unabridged
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  • When removing the screw, do not clamp the stem in a vise or locking pliers.
  • The easiest and best way to do the job is to use a heavy bench vise.
  • One way out of the financial vise is simply to drop coverage.
  • Attach your skis to the ski vise, which hold the skis in place.
  • Without much federal help, the poorest mothers are caught in a vise.
  • The wage debate has put her in something of a political vise.
  • Do not use a vise that has worn or broken jaw inserts, or has cracks or fractures in the body of the vise.
  • Must secure work with clamps or a vise, freeing both hands to operate the tool.
  • It is a carpentry vise for clamping a project to free the users hands for carving.
  • If this is not possible, place a sheet of soft aluminum or copper between the vise and the casting.
British Dictionary definitions for visé


noun, verb
(US) a variant spelling of vice2
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Word Origin and History for visé



c.1300, "device like a screw or winch for bending a crossbow or catapult," from Old French vis, viz "screw," from Latin vitis "vine, tendril of a vine," literally "that which winds," from root of viere "to bind, twist" (see withy). The meaning "clamping tool with two jaws closed by a screw" is first recorded c.1500.

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