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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In a trice the Wolverines and the other four Scout squads were outside with their Sergeants, and scattering in different directions.
▪ In a trice, office machines can set the type and print it out in fine detail.
▪ It was gone in a trice, saving him from a terrible thrashing or many long hours standing in disgrace.
▪ The best and longest-lasting tans are acquired slowly - quick tans are usually fast burns and peel off in a trice.
▪ The information would be downloaded in a trice.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Trice \Trice\, v. t. [OE. trisen; of Scand. or Low German origin; cf. Sw. trissa a sheave, pulley, triss a spritsail brace, Dan. tridse a pulley, tridse to haul by means of a pulley, to trice, LG. trisse a pulley, D. trijsen to hoist.]

  1. To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away. [Obs.]

    Out of his seat I will him trice.

  2. (Naut.) To haul and tie up by means of a rope.


Trice \Trice\, n. [Sp. tris the noise made by the breaking of glass, an instant, en un tris in an instant; probably of imitative origin.] A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- now used only in the phrase in a trice. ``With a trice.''
--Turbervile. `` On a trice.''

A man shall make his fortune in a trice.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., "haul up and fasten with a rope," from Middle Dutch trisen "hoist," from trise "pulley," of unknown origin. Hence at a tryse (mid-15c.) "in a very short time," literally "at a single pluck or pull." The Middle Dutch word is the source of Dutch trijsen "to hoist" and is cognate with Middle Low German trissen (source of Danish trisse, German triezen); its ultimate origin is unknown.


Etymology 1 n. A roller; windlass. Etymology 2

n. A very short time; an instant; a moment; – now used only in the phrase ''in a trice''. Etymology 3

alt. 1 To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away. 2 (context nautical English) To haul and tie up by means of a rope. vb. 1 To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away. 2 (context nautical English) To haul and tie up by means of a rope.


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. v. 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]


Trice or TrICE may refer to:

  • Trice (surname), a family name and persons with it
  • Track Imaging Cherenkov Experiment, a cosmic ray telescope
  • Trice (trimaran), a trimaran sailboat designed by Dick Newick.
Trice (surname)

Trice is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Amelia Trice (1936–2011), Native American leader
  • Bob Trice (1926–1988), Major League Baseball pitcher
  • George Trice (born 1983), American singer
  • Jack Trice (1902–1923), American football player
  • Obie Trice (born 1977), American rapper
  • Travis Trice (born 1993), American basketball player
  • Tyrone Trice, American boxer
  • Wally Trice (born 1966), American baseball player
Trice (trimaran)

Trice was a 36 foot trimaran sailboat designed by Dick Newick, one the earliest designs in his career (following the Trine), which contributed substantially to the revival of multihull vessels from the 1960s to the late 20th century.

In 1964, Newick entered Trice in the annual Newport, Rhode Island to Bermuda race to evaluate its relative speed. Media was critical, with one editorial calling it "unsafe on any sea". Newick waited until the traditional, much larger monohulls boats had set off then proceeded to beat all but two of them.

Usage examples of "trice".

In a trice, the cloaked battler was confronted with a situation that he had scarcely foreseen.

In a trice she was raised off the floor and seated upon a metal arm that pivoted out of the machine surface, her legs parting to either side of the column in the manner that Laurie had once described.

On that I left my mare in the field and ran up, when I saw them through the casement, tricing the good man up in front of his fire to make him confess where his wealth lay hidden, though indeed it is my own belief that neither he nor any other farmer in these parts hath any wealth left to hide, after two armies have been quartered in turn upon them.

After this homily which he delivered with much warmth of asseveration Mr Mulligan in a trice put off from his hat a kerchief with which he had shielded it.

In a trice the Throne Chamber was in an uproar of men swording each other, chambermaids screaming from the balconies, tersepts shouting orders, and hurrying folk.

Here Pimple's soliloquy climaxed in such a torrent of obscenities that the beedi-smokers sat up for the first time and commenced animatedly to compare Pimple's vocabulary with that of the infamous bandit queen Phoolan Devi whose oaths could melt rifle barrels and turn journalists' pencils to rubber in a trice.

In a trice Elminster was battered against stone, shoved along it, slapped nearly senseless, and then snatched out into the light again, blinded and strangling in the grip of a tight-clenched tentacle, while clinks and rattles told him Nergal was gathering magic in a frenzy.

In a trice nothing could be seen but white bobtails flashing up and down as rabbit after rabbit rushed to its burrow.

I started up in the greatest hast imaginable, and in a trice clapt my Ladder to the middle Place of the Rock, and pull’d it after me, and mounting it the second Time, got to the Top of the Hill, the very Moment, that a Flash of Fire bid me listen for a second Gun, which accordingly, in about half a Minute I heard.

I ascended to the deck with the captain, and passing the word forward for all hands to come aft, I had a crew of most hardy and devil-may-care looking fellows around me in a trice, standing respectfully hats in hand.

The end of the line was then thrown through the ventilator above the door which communicated with the outer office and Bristol was triced up in such a way that, his wrists being raised behind him to an uncomfortable degree, he was almost forced to stand upon tiptoe.

As it extended, I brought out a line of goods suitable for kings, and a nobby thing for duchesses and that sort, with ruffles down the fore hatch and the running-gear clewed up with a featherstitch to leeward and then hauled aft with a back-stay and triced up with a half-turn in the standing rigging forward of the weather-gaskets.

The gun port lids, painted red on the inside, here now open and triced flat back against the ships' sides, making a checkerboard of red squares along the white or yellow strakes painted on black hulls which gleamed wetly, while the muzzles of the guns poked out like accusing fingers.

Once a darner of casual socks, now a knitter of fake chain mail for trolls and able to run up a pair of harem trousers in a trice.

Buck was beset by three huskies, and in a trice his head and shoulders were ripped and slashed.