trice

noun
\ˈtrīs \

Definition of trice 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a brief space of time : instant used chiefly in the phrase in a trice

trice

verb
triced; tricing

Definition of trice (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to haul up or in and lash or secure (something, such as a sail) with a small rope

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Examples of trice in a Sentence

Noun

it's just a scrape on the knee—we'll have you fixed up in a trice

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The process takes a whole morning and a good part of the afternoon, but the breads themselves disappear in a trice, said Buffington. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Bakers Rise To The Challenge Of Making Pulla Bread," 7 Mar. 2018 Another legend has Ruth eating anywhere from 12 to 24 hot dogs between games of a twin bill, a feat Chestnut replicated in a trice at Yankee Stadium. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "One Nation, Under Dog: An ode to the hot dog," 4 July 2016

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First Known Use of trice

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trice

Noun

Middle English trise, literally, pull, from trisen

Verb

Middle English trisen, tricen to pull, trice, from Middle Dutch trisen to hoist, from trise windlass

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