- The definition of a vise, an alternative spelling for vice, is a tool to grip something firmly as it is worked on.
An example of a vise is a tool on a workbench holding a piece of wood that is being sanded.
- Vise is to grip or squeeze something tightly.
An example of vise is for a bad headache to squeeze someone's head with pain and pressure.
Origin of viseMiddle English vis, a screw from Old French viz, a winding object from Vulgar Latin an unverified form vitium, tendril-like thing from Classical Latin vitis, vine, literally , that which winds: see withe
transitive verbvised, vis′ing
transitive verb-·séed, -·sé·ing
Origin of viséFr, past participle of viser, to view, inspect from Classical Latin visus: see vision
transitive verbvised, vis·ing, vis·es, also viced vic·ing vic·es
Origin of viseMiddle English vis screwlike device from Old French screw from Latin vītis vine (from its spiral wrappings) ; see wei- in Indo-European roots.