- a lever.
Origin of prize3
Examples from the Web for prising
This way and that, and every way at once, he was writhing and pushing and prising and dragging.A Rough Shaking
Mr. Snow was prising with a rotten rail, and it broke, and he went down in the wet.The William Henry Letters
Abby Morton Diaz
Working in turns, they succeeded at the end of three hours' work in prising the slab from its bed.The Thick of the Fray at Zeebrugge
Percy F. Westerman
Prising open a box of cigars, he sniffed it with the suspicion of inexperience and proffered it diffidently to Oakleigh.Lady Lilith
The object was to lift the door off the hinges, partly by prising it up with a lever.
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for prising
"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.