- 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, vis·es also viced or vic·ing or vic·es
Origin of viseMiddle English vis, screwlike device, from Old French, screw, from Latin v&imacron;tis, vine (from its spiral wrappings); see wei- in Indo-European roots.