- 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 visingenjoy, own, seize, keep, arrest, maintain, take, have, imprison, carry, detain, occupy, secure, clinch, press, nourish, embrace, cherish, vise, check
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Historical Examples of vising
A hand, vising his wrist, snapped the blade downward, drove it back.Cursed
George Allan England
- 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.