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vise

[vahys] /vaɪs/
noun
1.
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.
2.
to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise.
Origin of vise
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine (whose spiral form gave later sense)
Related forms
viselike, adjective

visé

[vee-zey, vee-zey] /ˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ/
noun, verb (used with object), viséed, viséing.
1.
visa.
Origin
< French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa
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  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for vise

vice2

/vaɪs/
noun
1.
an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws
verb
2.
(transitive) to grip (something) with or as if with a vice
Derived Forms
vicelike, (US) viselike, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French vis a screw, from Latin vītis vine, plant with spiralling tendrils (hence the later meaning)

vise

/vaɪs/
noun, verb
1.
(US) a variant spelling of vice2
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Word Origin and History for vise
n.

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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