What does trice mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minuteverb

    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"

  2. trice, trice upverb

    raise with a line

    "trice a window shade"

  3. trice, trice upverb

    hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope


  1. tricenoun

    A very short time; an instant; a moment; – now used only in the phrase in a trice.

  2. triceverb

    To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.

  3. triceverb

    To haul and tie up by means of a rope.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tricenoun

    A short time; an instant; a stroke.

    Etymology: I believe this word comes from trait, Fr. corrupted by pronunciation.

    If they get never so great spoil at any time, the same they waste in a trice, as naturally delighting in spoil, though it do themselves no good.

    Just in the nick the cook knock’d thrice,
    And all the waiters in a trice
    His summons did obey:
    Each serving man with dish in hand,
    March’d boldly up like our train’d band,
    Presented, and away. John Suckling.

    He could raise scruples dark and nice,
    And after solve them in a trice. Hudibras, p. i.

    So when the war had rais’d a storm,
    I’ve seen a snake in human form,
    All stain’d with infamy and vice,
    Leap from the dunghil in a trice. Jonathan Swift.

    It seems incredible at first, that all the blood in our bodies should circulate in a trice, in a very few minutes; but it would be more surprising if we knew the short periods of the great circulation of water. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. trice

    A trice is an extremely short period of time; an instant or moment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Triceverb

    to pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away

  2. Triceverb

    to haul and tie up by means of a rope

  3. Tricenoun

    a very short time; an instant; a moment; -- now used only in the phrase in a trice

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trice

    trīs, v.t. (naut.) to haul or lift up by means of a rope:—pr.p. trīc′ing; pa.p. triīced. [Ger. trissen.]

  2. Trice

    trīs, n. a very short time: an instant. [Perh. from thrice, while one can count three; or from Sp. tris, noise of breaking glass; cf. Scot. 'in a crack.']

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. TRICE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trice is ranked #4145 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trice surname appeared 8,546 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Trice.

    51.1% or 4,374 total occurrences were Black.
    41.9% or 3,582 total occurrences were White.
    3.8% or 326 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.1% or 184 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 45 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 35 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Anagrams for trice »

  1. recti

  2. ticer

  3. citer

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trice in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of trice in a Sentence

  1. John Blofeld:

    If being wealthy is taken to mean having the means to satisfy one's every want, all but the very poor can become rich as thou at a single stroke of a magician's wand, simply by ceasing to want more than is really necessary for sustaining life. By being content with little and not giving a rap for what the neighbours think, one can attain a very large measure of freedom, shedding care and worry in a trice.

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