trice


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trice

 (trīs)
n.
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.]

trice

(traɪs)
n
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]

trice

(traɪs)
vb
(Nautical Terms) nautical (often foll by: up) to haul up or secure
[C15: from Middle Dutch trīsen, from trīse pulley]

trice1

(traɪs)

n.
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]

trice2

(traɪs)

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]

-trice

var. of -trix.
[< French or Italian -trice < Latin -trīcem, acc. of -trīx -trix]

trice


Past participle: triced
Gerund: tricing

Imperative
trice
trice
Present
I trice
you trice
he/she/it trices
we trice
you trice
they trice
Preterite
I triced
you triced
he/she/it triced
we triced
you triced
they triced
Present Continuous
I am tricing
you are tricing
he/she/it is tricing
we are tricing
you are tricing
they are tricing
Present Perfect
I have triced
you have triced
he/she/it has triced
we have triced
you have triced
they have triced
Past Continuous
I was tricing
you were tricing
he/she/it was tricing
we were tricing
you were tricing
they were tricing
Past Perfect
I had triced
you had triced
he/she/it had triced
we had triced
you had triced
they had triced
Future
I will trice
you will trice
he/she/it will trice
we will trice
you will trice
they will trice
Future Perfect
I will have triced
you will have triced
he/she/it will have triced
we will have triced
you will have triced
they will have triced
Future Continuous
I will be tricing
you will be tricing
he/she/it will be tricing
we will be tricing
you will be tricing
they will be tricing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tricing
you have been tricing
he/she/it has been tricing
we have been tricing
you have been tricing
they have been tricing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tricing
you will have been tricing
he/she/it will have been tricing
we will have been tricing
you will have been tricing
they will have been tricing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tricing
you had been tricing
he/she/it had been tricing
we had been tricing
you had been tricing
they had been tricing
Conditional
I would trice
you would trice
he/she/it would trice
we would trice
you would trice
they would trice
Past Conditional
I would have triced
you would have triced
he/she/it would have triced
we would have triced
you would have triced
they would have triced
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.trice - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)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"
mo, moment, second, minute, bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
Verb1.trice - raise with a linetrice - raise with a line; "trice a window shade"
lift, raise, elevate, get up, bring up - raise from a lower to a higher position; "Raise your hands"; "Lift a load"
2.trice - hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small ropetrice - hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
hoist, wind, lift - raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"

trice

noun moment, second, minute, shake (informal), flash, instant, tick (Brit. informal), twinkling, split second, jiffy (informal), twinkling of an eye, two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal), bat of an eye (informal) She was back in a trice.

trice

noun
A very brief time:
Informal: jiff, jiffy.
Chiefly British: tick.
Translations

trice

[traɪs] N in a triceen un santiamén

trice

[ˈtraɪs] n
in a trice → en un clin d'œil

trice

1
n (Brit) in a triceim Handumdrehen, im Nu

trice

2
vt (Naut: also trice up) sailaufholen

trice

[traɪs] n in a trice (Brit) (fam) → in un batter d'occhio, in un attimo
References in classic literature ?
So in a trice the carcass of the cow would be cleaned out, and entrails would have vanished; it was Jurgis' task to slide them into the trap, calves and all, and on the floor below they took out these "slunk" calves, and butchered them for meat, and used even the skins of them.
Aladdin must rub the magic lamp; then the slave will appear, and these tears be dried in a trice.
Carter has done with you or nearly so; I'll make you decent in a trice.
I had not time to be afraid, but as the blow still hung impending, leaped in a trice upon one side, and missing my foot in the soft sand, rolled headlong down the slope.
Sancho took down the armour, which was hung up on a tree like a trophy, and having seen to the girths armed his master in a trice, who as soon as he found himself in his armour exclaimed:
Then his keen hunting-knife flew forth and in a trice, Stout Will, Lester, and merry John were free men and had sprung forward and seized the halberds from the nearest soldiers guarding the gallows.
She lashed her horses on and they flew forward nothing loth, till in a trice they were at high Olympus, where the gods have their dwelling.
There are but three seams; you may do them in a trice.
I lent a helping hand; and, in a trice we had the box upon the table, in the midst of all the bottles and glasses, not a few of which were demolished in the scuffle.
He sprang to a door, I heard his feet clattering up some stone stairs, and in a trice he was running along the gallery overhead; in another I heard him railing behind some upper door that he had flung open and banged behind him; then his voice dropped, and finally died away.
Almost in a trice he was back, both slippers in his mouth, which he deposited at the steward's feet.
Of course, I could have struggled away from him and freed my hand or gotten my mouth clear so that I might cry an alarm, but in a trice Yellow Handkerchief was on top of me.