or vice



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.

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. 2019

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

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