Vise definition

vīs
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.

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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.

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To hold or squeeze with or as with a vise.
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(US) An instrument consisting of two jaws, closing by a screw, lever, cam, or the like, for holding work, as in filing.
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A heavy clamp, usually mounted on a workbench and operated by a screw or lever, used in carpentry or metalworking to hold a piece in position.
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To hold or compress in or as if in a vise.
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A device, usually fastened to a workbench, consisting of two jaws opened and closed by a screw, lever, etc. and used for holding firmly an object being worked on.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
vise
Plural:
vises

Origin of vise

  • Middle English vis screwlike device from Old French screw from Latin vītis vine (from its spiral wrappings) wei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French vis (“screw, winding stairs"), from Old French vis, viz, from Latin vitis (“vine"); probably akin to English withy.

    From Wiktionary