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or vice

  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.
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verb (used with object), vised, vis·ing.
  1. to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise.
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Origin of vise

1300–50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine (whose spiral form gave later sense)
Related formsvise·like, adjective
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Examples from the Web for viselike

Historical Examples of viselike

  • Silently he caught the Doctor's arm in a viselike grip and pointed.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930


  • It was as if giant hands had gripped him, were holding him in a viselike clutch.


    Clifford Donald Simak

  • Fingers bit into Kennon's neck and tightened in a viselike grip.

    The Lani People

    J. F. Bone

  • Spasmodically, he set his fangs in a viselike tightening of his grip.

  • He took Daiches' arm in a viselike grasp and started to lead him from the store.

British Dictionary definitions for viselike


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



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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