from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very short period of time; an instant: came back in a trice.
- transitive v. Nautical To hoist and secure with a rope: trice a sail.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.
- transitive v. 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.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)