Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A clamping device, usually consisting of two jaws closed or opened by a screw or lever, used in carpentry or metalworking to hold a piece in position.
  • transitive v. To hold or compress in or as if in a vise.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 1. To screw; force, as by a screw.
  • To press or squeeze with a vise, or as if with a vise; hold as if in a vise.
  • n. A screw.
  • n. The newel, or central shaft, of a winding staircase.
  • n. A gripping or holding tool or appliance, fixed or portable, used to hold an object firmly in position while work is performed upon it.
  • n. A tool for drawing rods of lead into the grooved rods called cames used for setting glass, especially in stained-glass windows.
  • n. A grip or grasp.
  • n. The cock or tap of a vessel.
  • n. Same as vese.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Middle English vis, screwlike device, from Old French, screw, from Latin vītis, vine (from its spiral wrappings).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French vis ("screw, winding stairs"), from Old French vis, viz, from Latin vitis ("vine"); probably akin to English withy. (Wiktionary)

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  • Looking at the rifle in the vise from the side, they might also not be in alignment in the up and down direction with the same result.

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  • On the other side of the vise are the constraints that they have in the environment that get in the way of them successfully addressing the business needs-legacy infrastructure and applications and antiquated methods of managing the infrastructure that make it difficult to be responsive to change, or people with the skills that won't serve modern technology's needs or environments.

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  • On the other side of the vise are the constraints that they have in the environment that get in the way of them successfully addressing the business needs - legacy infrastructure and applications and antiquated methods of managing the infrastructure that make it difficult to be responsive to change, or people with the skills that won't serve modern technology's needs or environments. aligned to their goals and objectives.

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