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  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)
Related formsvise·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vised

Historical Examples of vised

  • Dat Baggs he said was whar I couldnt tech him, an he vised me fur to go hum.

    Fighting the Sea

    Edward A. Rand

  • To still any outcry he vised his hand over the trembling nostrils of the animal.

    The Wolf Cub

    Patrick Casey

  • As soon as it is located and magnifiers thrown into the circuit, it will be 'vised.

    Jack of No Trades

    Charles Cottrell

  • Well, you see I 'vised 'un to gie up matrimony, an' take to a trade.

  • Too old for a poet in whose imaginative work I vised to take such deep delight.

British Dictionary definitions for vised


noun, verb
  1. US a variant spelling of vice 2
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Word Origin and History for vised



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper