Definitions for viseˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

visevaɪs(n.; v.)vised, vis•ing.

or vice 1 2

  1. (n.)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.

    Category: Building Trades

  2. (v.t.)to hold, press, or squeeze with or as if with a vise.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of vise:

1300–50; ME vis < OF: screw < L vītis vine


vi•séˈvi zeɪ, viˈzeɪ(n.; v.t.)vi•séed, vi•sé•ing.

  1. Category: Government, Law

    Ref: visa.

Origin of visé:

1810–20; < F, ptp. of viser to inspect, check; see visa

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vise, bench vise(noun)

    a holding device attached to a workbench; has two jaws to hold workpiece firmly in place


  1. vise(Noun)

    An instrument consisting of two jaws, closing by a screw, lever, cam, or the like, for holding work, as in filing.

  2. Origin: From vis, from vis, viz, from vitis; probably akin to English withy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vise(noun)

    an instrument consisting of two jaws, closing by a screw, lever, cam, or the like, for holding work, as in filing

  2. Vise(noun)

    an indorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities of certain countries on the continent of Europe, denoting that it has been examined, and that the person who bears it is permitted to proceed on his journey; a visa

  3. Vise(verb)

    to examine and indorse, as a passport; to visa


  1. Vise

    A vise or vice is a mechanical screw apparatus used for holding or clamping a work piece to allow work to be performed on it with tools such as saws, planes, drills, mills, screwdrivers, sandpaper, etc. Vises usually have one fixed jaw and another, parallel, jaw which is moved towards or away from the fixed jaw by the screw.

Translations for vise

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

show up

to make obvious

This light shows up the places where I've mended this coat.

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