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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.
Also, vice.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine (whose spiral form gave later sense)
Related forms
viselike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for viselike

vise

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

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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