vise

or vice

[vahys]
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noun
  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
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Examples from the Web for vising

Historical Examples of vising

  • A hand, vising his wrist, snapped the blade downward, drove it back.

    Cursed

    George Allan England


British Dictionary definitions for vising

vise

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

vise

n.

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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