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vise Syllabification: vise
(British vice)

Definition of vise in English:


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A metal tool with movable jaws that are used to hold an object firmly in place while work is done on it, typically attached to a workbench.
Example sentences
  • The vise is a workbench tool and should be firmly secured before being used.
  • Dip or spray the handles and clamp a metal portion of the tool lightly into a vise and let dry.
  • Lock a tool head in a vise to remove a broken handle.


Pronunciation: /ˈvīsˌlīk/
Example sentences
  • Adam wrenched his vice-like grip off the cranks and gears beneath the vehicle and rolled out from the other end.
  • The jaguar reached out and grabbed his wrist in a vise-like grip.
  • It wasn't until foam was coming out of her mouth and she had me by the throat that the gas was wrenched from her vice-like grip.


Middle English (denoting a screw or winch): from Old French vis, from Latin vitis 'vine'.

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