or vice

[ vahys ]
/ vaɪs /


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.

to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise.


Nearby words

  1. viscous flow,
  2. viscously,
  3. visct,
  4. visct.,
  5. viscus,
  6. visegrad,
  7. viseu,
  8. vish,
  9. vishakhapatnam,
  10. vishinsky

Origin of vise

1300–50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine (whose spiral form gave later sense)

Related formsvise·like, adjective


[ vee-zey, vee-zey ]
/ ˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ /

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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vise


/ (vaɪs) /

noun, verb

US a variant spelling of vice 2
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Word Origin and History for vise



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.

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