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A very short period of time; an instant: came back in a trice.
tr.v. triced, tric·ing, tric·es Nautical
To hoist and secure with a rope: trice a sail.
[From Middle English (at a) trise, at one pull, from trisen, to hoist, from Middle Dutch trīsen, from trīse, pulley. V., from Middle English trisen.]
moment; instant (esp in the phrase in a trice)
[C15 (in the phrase at or in a trice, in the sense: at one tug): apparent substantive use of trice2]
(Nautical Terms) nautical (often foll by: up) to haul up or secure
[C15: from Middle Dutch trīsen, from trīse pulley]
a very short time; an instant: in a trice.
[1400–50; late Middle English tryse; probably representing *trise a pull, tug, derivative of trisen to pull; see trice2]
v.t. triced, tric•ing. Naut.
1. to pull or haul with a rope.
2. to haul up and fasten with a rope (usu. fol. by up).
[1350–1400; Middle English trisen < Middle Dutch trīsen to hoist, derivative of trīse pulley]
var. of -trix.
[< French or Italian -trice < Latin -trīcem, acc. of -trīx -trix]
Past participle: triced
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|Noun||1.||trice - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"|
|Verb||1.||trice - raise with a line; "trice a window shade"|
|2.||trice - hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope|
trice[traɪs] N in a trice → en un santiamén
in a trice → en un clin d'œil