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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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A hand, vising his wrist, snapped the blade downward, drove it back.

    Cursed George Allan England
British Dictionary definitions for vising


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



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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