trice

1
[ trahys ]
/ traɪs /

noun

a very short time; an instant: in a trice.

Origin of trice

1
1400–50; late Middle English tryse; probably special use of *trise a pull, tug, derivative of trisen, to pull; see trice2

Definition for trice (2 of 3)

trice

2
[ trahys ]
/ traɪs /

verb (used with object), triced, tric·ing. Nautical.

to pull or haul with a rope.
to haul up and fasten with a rope (usually followed by up).

Origin of trice

2
1350–1400; Middle English trisen < Middle Dutch trīsen to hoist, derivative of trīse pulley
Related formsun·triced, adjective

Definition for trice (3 of 3)

-trice


variant of -trix.

Origin of -trice

< French or Italian -trice < Latin -trīcem, accusative of -trīx -trix
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British Dictionary definitions for trice (1 of 2)

trice

1
/ (traɪs) /

noun

moment; instant (esp in the phrase in a trice)

Word Origin for trice

C15 (in the phrase at or in a trice, in the sense: at one tug): apparent substantive use of trice ²

British Dictionary definitions for trice (2 of 2)

trice

2
/ (traɪs) /

verb

(tr often foll by up) nautical to haul up or secure

Word Origin for trice

C15: from Middle Dutch trīsen, from trīse pulley
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Word Origin and History for trice

trice


late 14c., "haul up and fasten with a rope" (v.), from Middle Dutch trisen "hoist," from trise "pulley," of unknown origin. Hence at a tryse (mid-15c.) "in a very short time," literally "at a single pluck or pull." The Middle Dutch word is the source of Dutch trijsen "to hoist," and cognate with Middle Low German trissen (source of Danish trisse, German triezen); its ultimate origin is unknown.

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