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[vahys] /vaɪs/
any of various devices, usually having two jaws that may be brought together or separated by means of a screw, lever, or the like, used to hold an object firmly while work is being done on it.
verb (used with object), vised, vising.
to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise.
Origin of vise
1300-50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine (whose spiral form gave later sense)
Related forms
viselike, adjective


[vee-zey, vee-zey] /ˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ/
noun, verb (used with object), viséed, viséing.
< French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vise
Contemporary Examples
  • Their world is changing—has already changed, really—in the vise of the economy and new technology.

    Hollywood vs. Leno Kim Masters September 12, 2009
Historical Examples
  • But he held himself in a vise, knowing that the hour had not yet struck for their contact of lips.

    The Eddy Clarence L. Cullen
  • The boards are then placed in a vise or clamp and allowed to remain there over night.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • A few pencils and gravers, a vise bench, and a grindstone no longer make an engraving establishment.

  • He licked his wide, cruel lips, seizing the girl's arms as in a vise.

    In the Orbit of Saturn Roman Frederick Starzl
  • He looked down at her, and the thought of her possible departure caught him like a vise.

    The Vultures Henry Seton Merriman
  • His long, thin fingers were clutching her clasped hands as with a vise.

  • Place it in a vise and twist it about two thirds of its length.

  • It seemed to me the most natural thing, when you'd got 'em in the vise, to keep them there.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • It came up only two feet, and this was a kindness, for it lifted the Marie so that they were able to pull her out of the vise.

    The Romance of the Colorado River Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
British Dictionary definitions for vise


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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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