American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A very short period of time; an instant: came back in a trice.
- v. Nautical To hoist and secure with a rope: trice a sail.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A roller; a windlass.
- Nautical, to haul up; tie up or lash by means of a small rope: commonly with up.
- To drag; pull.
- n. A very short time; an instant; a moment: only in the phrase in (formerly also at, with, or on) a trice.
- n. A very short time; an instant; a moment; – now used only in the phrase in a trice.
- v. To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.
- v. To haul and tie up by means of a rope.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.
- v. (Naut.) To haul and tie up by means of a rope.
- n. A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- now used only in the phrase
in a trice.
- v. raise with a line
- n. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
- v. hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This would bear more scrutiny had France not deployed plenty of clichés already; yet her characters keep songs in their hearts, or sob with all of them, while the use of "in a trice" is an incentive to close the book faster than whatever measure of time a trice signifies.”
“Vanishing, with a quick flirt of gingham apron-strings, she reappeared in considerably less than a "trice" as a fluffy”
“The bathtubs, it was true, could now be "filled in a trice because of torrents delivered through a heroic spout," in contrast to the painfully slow faucets of early liners.”
“Of course, the greatest problem in a democracy is that half the voters have a below average IQ. trice”
“In a trice, scores of moccasins were widening the space of beaten snow by the fire.”
“In a trice every window was vomiting forth the débris that clogged the interior.”
“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.”
“In a trice the frost was started and the thawed streamlets dancing madly on the white-hot surface beneath.”
“Jean de Joinville bore Philippa away in the press, and Fortini and I settled our arrangements in a trice.”
“And with that she was away and below and back in a trice, in her hand”
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