or vice

[ vahys ]
See synonyms for: visevisedviseedviseing on

  1. 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, vis·ing.
  1. 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)

Other words from vise

  • viselike, adjective

Words Nearby vise

Other definitions for visé (2 of 2)

[ vee-zey, vee-zey ]

noun, verb (used with object),vi·séed, vi·sé·ing.

Origin of visé

<French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vise in a sentence

  • He flung himself forward, and catching her upper arms in the grip of a vise shook her until her teeth clacked together.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • I grabbed hold of the vise-locking screw to keep my knees from doubling under me.

    Nine Men in Time | Noel Miller Loomis
  • There is a sharp sting in my tongue, my jaws are gripped as by a vise, and my mouth is torn open.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
  • He strove desperately, but each effort only wedged him more firmly in the awful vise.

  • A serviceable and inexpensive bench vise can be made in the following manner: Procure a piece of hard wood, 1 in.

British Dictionary definitions for vise


/ (vaɪs) /

noun, verb
  1. US a variant spelling of vice 2

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