- a lever.
Origin of prize3
Examples from the Web for prise
For Churchill, politics and literature were two sides of the same career,” Rose writes, “impossible to prise apart.Churchill Would Be Famous Today on the Strength of His Writing Alone
June 16, 2014
Suppose your astonishment if a lady in an assembly were to offer you a prise?Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
"It's one of those tins you prise up," said Marjorie jauntily.A Patriotic Schoolgirl
Your prise d'armes must hurt you, I think, if you were not victorious.
Page 8, changed "clumsey" to "clumsy" and "prise" to "prize."How to Become an Engineer
Frank W. Doughty
Come, she can hardly have 'lost' it, since I had to get a screwdriver to prise it out!A Case in Camera
- to force open by levering
- to extract or obtain with difficultythey had to prise the news out of him
- rare, or dialect a tool involving leverage in its use or the leverage so employed
- a reward or honour for victory or for having won a contest, competition, etc
- (as modifier)prize jockey; prize essay
- something given to the winner of any game of chance, lottery, etc
- something striven for
- any valuable property captured in time of war, esp a vessel
- (tr) to esteem greatly; value highly
- a variant spelling of prise
Word Origin and History for prise
"reward," prise (c.1300 in this sense), from Old French pris "price, value, worth; reward" (see price (n.)). As an adjective, "worthy of a prize," from 1803. The spelling with -z- is from late 16c. Prize-fighter is from 1703; prize-fight from 1730 (prize-fighter from 1785).
"something taken by force," mid-13c., prise "a taking, holding," from Old French prise "a taking, seizing, holding," noun use of fem. past participle of prendre "to take, seize," from Latin prendere, contraction of prehendere "lay hold of, grasp, seize, catch" (see prehensile). Especially of ships captured at sea (1510s). The spelling with -z- is from late 16c.
"to estimate," 1580s, alteration of Middle English prisen "to prize, value" (late 14c.), from stem of Old French preisier "to praise" (see praise (v.)). Related: Prized; prizing.