- 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.
vise definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle 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
vise definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English vis, screwlike device, from Old French, screw, from Latin vītis, vine (from its spiral wrappings); see wei- in Indo-European roots.