Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a holding device attached to a workbench; has two jaws to hold workpiece firmly in place

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Synonyms of Vise

bench vise

Origin of the word Vise

  1. c.1300, "device like a screw or winch for bending a crossbow or catapult," from O.Fr. vis, viz "screw," from L. vitis "vine, tendril of a vine," lit. "that which winds," from base of viere "to bind, twist" (see withy). The meaning "clamping tool with two jaws closed by a screw" is first recorded 1500. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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