- 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.
- to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise.
Origin of vise
Related Words for visedenjoy, own, seize, keep, arrest, maintain, take, have, imprison, carry, detain, occupy, secure, clinch, press, nourish, embrace, cherish, vise, check
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
As soon as it is located and magnifiers thrown into the circuit, it will be 'vised.Jack of No Trades
Well, you see I 'vised 'un to gie up matrimony, an' take to a trade.Mr. Punch's Country Life
Too old for a poet in whose imaginative work I vised to take such deep delight.The Treasure of Heaven
- US a variant spelling of vice 2
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.