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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


[vee-zey, vee-zey] /ˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ/
noun, verb (used with object), viséed, viséing.
< French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa Unabridged
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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


noun, verb
(US) a variant spelling of vice2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for 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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