AskDefine | Define trice

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trice n : a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash" [syn: blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, twinkling, wink, New York minute]


1 raise with a line; "trice a window shade" [syn: trice up]
2 hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope [syn: trice up]

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  1. A very short time; an instant; a moment; – now used only in the phrase in a trice.
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, King Lear, Crown Publishers, Inc. (1975), page 975,
      This is most strange, that she, who even but now was your best object...most best, most dearest, should in this trice of time commit a thing so monstrous, to dismantle so many folds of favor.


very short time
  • Dutch: oogwenk
  • Russian: миг (mig)


  1. To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.
  2. To haul and tie up by means of a rope.


  • Dutch: slepen, optrekken
haul and tie up
  • Dutch: ophalen (nautical), optrekken

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

breath, coup, crack, flash, half a jiffy, half a mo, half a second, half a shake, instant, jiff, jiffy, microsecond, millisecond, minute, moment, sec, second, shake, split second, stroke, tick, twink, twinkle, twinkling, twitch, two shakes, wink
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