The definition of a vise, an alternative spelling for vice, is a tool to grip something firmly as it is worked on.(noun)
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.(verb)
An example of vise is for a bad headache to squeeze someone's head with pain and pressure.
See vise in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME vis, a screw < OFr viz, a winding object < VL *vitium, tendril-like thing < L vitis, vine, lit., that which winds: see withe
See vise in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English vis, screwlike device
Origin: , from Old French, screw
Origin: , from Latin vītis, vine (from its spiral wrappings); see wei- in Indo-European roots.
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