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noun, verb (used with object), viced, vic·ing.
  1. vise.


or vice

  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, vis·ing.
  1. 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 formsvise·like, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • But, from the way in which the coachman's hand was viced between his upper and lower thigh, this was impossible.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 66, No. 410, December 1849


British Dictionary definitions for viced


  1. (in English morality plays) a character personifying a particular vice or vice in general


noun, verb
  1. US a variant spelling of vice 2


  1. an immoral, wicked, or evil habit, action, or trait
  2. habitual or frequent indulgence in pernicious, immoral, or degrading practices
  3. a specific form of pernicious conduct, esp prostitution or sexual perversion
  4. a failing or imperfection in character, conduct, etcsmoking is his only vice
  5. pathol obsolete any physical defect or imperfection
  6. a bad trick or disposition, as of horses, dogs, etc
Derived Formsviceless, adjective

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin vitium a defect


often US vise

  1. an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws
  1. (tr) to grip (something) with or as if with a vice
Derived Formsvicelike or US viselike, adjective

Word Origin

C15: from Old French vis a screw, from Latin vītis vine, plant with spiralling tendrils (hence the later meaning)


    1. (prenominal)serving in the place of or as a deputy for
    2. (in combination)viceroy
  1. informal a person who serves as a deputy to another

Word Origin

C18: from Latin vice, from vicis interchange


  1. instead of; as a substitute for

Word Origin

C16: from Latin, ablative of vicis change
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Word Origin and History for viced



"moral fault, wickedness," c.1300, from Old French vice, from Latin vitium "defect, offense, blemish, imperfection," in both physical and moral senses (cf. Italian vezzo "usage, entertainment").

Horace and Aristotle have already spoken to us about the virtues of their forefathers and the vices of their own times, and through the centuries, authors have talked the same way. If all this were true, we would be bears today. [Montesquieu]

Vice squad is attested from 1905. Vice anglais "corporal punishment," literally "the English vice," is attested from 1942, from French.



"tool for holding," see vise.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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