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.
Also, vice.

1300–50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine (whose spiral form gave later sense)

viselike, adjective Unabridged


[vee-zey, vee-zey]
noun, verb (used with object), viséed, viséing.

< French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa Unabridged
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vice or vise2 (vaɪs)
1.  an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws
2.  (tr) to grip (something) with or as if with a vice
[C15: from Old French vis a screw, from Latin vītis vine, plant with spiralling tendrils (hence the later meaning)]
vise or vise2
[C15: from Old French vis a screw, from Latin vītis vine, plant with spiralling tendrils (hence the later meaning)]
'vicelike or vise2
'viselike or vise2

vise (vaɪs)
n, —vb
(US) a variant spelling of vice

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "device like a screw or winch for bending a crossbow or catapult," from O.Fr. vis, viz "screw," from L. vitis "vine, tendril of a vine," lit. "that which winds," from base of viere "to bind, twist" (see withy). The meaning "clamping tool with two jaws closed by a screw"
is first recorded 1500.
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Example sentences
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.
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