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a clamp for holding metal or wood in place: I used a vise to hold the wood as I sawed it in half.
Not to be confused with:
vice – a bad habit; serious moral failing: Drinking too much is a vice.
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visealso vice (vīs)
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.
tr.v. vised, vis·ing, vis·es also viced or vic·ing or vic·es
To hold or compress in or as if in a vise.
[Middle English vis, screwlike device, from Old French, screw, from Latin vītis, vine (from its spiral wrappings); see wei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(Tools) US a variant spelling of vice2
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
n., v. vised, vis•ing. n.
1. any of various devices, usu. having two jaws adjusted by means of a screw, lever, or the like, used to hold an object firmly while work is being done on it.v.t.
2. to hold, press, or squeeze with or as if with a vise.
[1300–50; Middle English vis < Old French: screw < Latin vītis vine]
vi•sé(ˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ)
n., v.t. vi•séed, vi•sé•ing.
[1810–20; < French, past participle of viser to inspect, check; see visa]
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Past participle: vised
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|Noun||1.||vise - a holding device attached to a workbench; has two jaws to hold workpiece firmly in place|
holding device - a device for holding something
jaw - holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object
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