- 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 vised, vis·ing, vis·es also viced or vic·ing or 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.