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[wees; English vis] /wis; English vɪs/
noun, plural vires
[wee-reys; English vahy-reez] /ˈwi reɪs; English ˈvaɪ riz/ (Show IPA).
strength; force; power.



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  • What and where was the vis nova that could hold its own before this prodigious ice-cap of vis inertiae?

  • Throughout all her regions she oscillates from tension to vis viva, from vis viva to tension.

  • He rode away into the night—away towards the thunderous guns of Lige, the blood-drenched fields of vis.

    The Outrage Annie Vivanti
  • Just for the moment it seemed to Berrington as if his vis a vis was going to have a fit of some kind.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
  • The fetich doctor and fetich belief were a vis a tergo with the native horde.

    Fetichism in West Africa Robert Hamill Nassau
  • Of those who are wrong, vis Inertiæ has sent in a piece of incorrect working.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • It is a vis a tergo happening at last to issue, without any foresight of the result, in the appearance of man.

  • The same may be said of the vis inertiæ of the parts, in convulsive motions.

  • But Fenton was vivaciously discussing last Novembers ball games with his vis--vis, a middler whose name is unknown to history.

    A Singular Life Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
British Dictionary definitions for vis


noun (pl) vires (ˈvaɪriːz)
power, force, or strength


Viscount or Viscountess
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