from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A very short period of time; an instant.
- transitive verb To hoist and secure with a rope.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A roller; a windlass.
- noun A very short time; an instant; a moment: only in the phrase in (formerly also at, with, or on) a trice.
- Nautical, to haul up; tie up or lash by means of a small rope: commonly with up.
- To drag; pull.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb obsolete To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.
- transitive verb (Naut.) To haul and tie up by means of a rope.
- noun A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- now used only in the phrase
in a trice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A very short time; an
instant; a moment; – now used only in the phrase in a trice.
- verb To
pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.
- verb To haul and
tie upby means of a rope.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb raise with a line
- noun a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
- verb hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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
Jean de Joinville bore Philippa away in the press, and Fortini and I settled our arrangements in a trice.
In a trice, scores of moccasins were widening the space of beaten snow by the fire.
And with that she was away and below and back in a trice, in her hand
In a trice the frost was started and the thawed streamlets dancing madly on the white-hot surface beneath.
Of course, the greatest problem in a democracy is that half the voters have a below average IQ. trice
In a trice every window was vomiting forth the débris that clogged the interior.
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, 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.