- 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.
- to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise.
Origin of vise
Examples from the Web for viselike
Silently he caught the Doctor's arm in a viselike grip and pointed.
It was as if giant hands had gripped him, were holding him in a viselike clutch.Empire
Clifford Donald Simak
Fingers bit into Kennon's neck and tightened in a viselike grip.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
Spasmodically, he set his fangs in a viselike tightening of his grip.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
He took Daiches' arm in a viselike grasp and started to lead him from the store.The Competitive Nephew
- US a variant spelling of vice 2
Word Origin and History for viselike
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.