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vise

or vice

[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.
Origin of vise
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine (whose spiral form gave later sense)
Related forms
viselike, adjective

visé

[vee-zey, vee-zey] /ˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ/
noun, verb (used with object), viséed, viséing.
1.
visa.
Origin
< French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa
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Examples from the Web for vise
Contemporary Examples
  • Their world is changing—has already changed, really—in the vise of the economy and new technology.

    Hollywood vs. Leno Kim Masters September 13, 2009
Historical Examples
  • The boards are then placed in a vise or clamp and allowed to remain there over night.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • He licked his wide, cruel lips, seizing the girl's arms as in a vise.

    In the Orbit of Saturn Roman Frederick Starzl
  • His long, thin fingers were clutching her clasped hands as with a vise.

  • It seemed to me the most natural thing, when you'd got 'em in the vise, to keep them there.

    The Market-Place Harold Frederic
  • A good plan to judge of the proper height is to measure from the jaws of the vise.

  • Once in the vise of his two arms, a man went down like a log.

  • And they all, each one of them, hit the ground when Ghitza let go his vise.

  • But the arms have their hinges in the heart and mine was tight locked like a vise.

    St. Cuthbert's Robert E. Knowles
  • Yellow Elk and his followers had done their work well and he was held as in a vise.

    The Boy Land Boomer Ralph Bonehill
British Dictionary definitions for vise

vise

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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