viselike

vise

[vahys]
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.
Also, vice.


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

viselike, adjective
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vice or vise2 (vaɪs)
 
n
1.  an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws
 
vb
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
 
n
 
vb
 
[C15: from Old French vis a screw, from Latin vītis vine, plant with spiralling tendrils (hence the later meaning)]
 
'vicelike or vise2
 
adj
 
'viselike or vise2
 
adj

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

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vise
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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