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(vēzā`), commune (1991 pop. 17,019), Liège prov., E Belgium, on the Meuse River and on the Albert Canal, near the Dutch border. It is a center of cement manufacture. The first battle of World War I was fought there on Aug. 4, 1914. After a fire the same year, the town was rebuilt. It is also known as Wezet.
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a device designed to hold a workpiece in a suitable position. Vises consist of a body and two gripping jaws and are designed as machine (metalworking) or bench units.

Machine vises are mounted on metal-cutting machine tools for use in milling, drilling, planing, and other machining operations. Bench vises are mounted on workbenches and are used in various kinds of fitting operations. Anvil vises, for example, are used in chopping, straightening, and other types of fabrication in which the workpiece is struck. The jaws of parallel vises, both swiveling and nonswiveling types, are not as strong as those of other types; such vises are used in more complex and precise operations that do not involve striking the workpiece. Hand vises hold small workpieces for drilling, filing, and similar operations in cases where holding the workpiece in the hand would be inconvenient or dangerous. Specialized vises are available for specific metal-working applications, for example, vises with jaws bent back for use in chamfering.

In most vises, a screw handle must be turned in order to bring the jaws together to grip the workpiece. Wedges, diaphragms, cams, and other mechanisms are also used. Pneumatic parallel vises use compressed air to move and tighten the adjustable jaws. The size of a vise is determined by the width and maximum separation of the jaws. In anvil vises, these dimensions range to 180 and 200 mm, respectively; in parallel vises, to 140 and 180 mm; and in hand vises, to 15–45 and 15–4) mm.


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(design engineering)
A tool consisting of two jaws for holding a workpiece; opened and closed by a screw, lever, or cam mechanism.
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vis, vice, vise

A spiral staircase generally of stone, whose steps wind around a central shaft or newel; a screw stair.


vise, 1
1. A gripping tool, fixed or portable, used to hold an object firmly while work is performed on it; has movable jaws, similar to a clamp, which are brought together by a screw or lever.
2. SeeVis.
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2 (US (often)), vise
an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws
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Bob Milne said: "While we have ensured Visar's physical well-being, sadly we cannot guarantee the future for him and his family."
Visar first arrived in Britain in April with the help of No Frontiers, and was sent to Aberdeen for urgent medical treatment.
Communicating through Visar's uncle, Nexhmedin, and an interpreter, Visar's mother said she thought her son was feeling better.
Mr Milne, who organised Visar's operation at Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital and who had travelled with the boy and his mother, added: "They won't let Visar in because they say he is ill.
Att formannen visar intresse for personalen och dess arbete, ger av sin tid till personalen och ser manniskan med alla hennes individuella egenskaper och formagor bakom arbetsuppgiften ingick ocksa i uppskattningen.
Visar's mum Sadije said "We are very happy because, after nearly two months, Visar has finished his treatment and everything is okay.
And Visar will be able to fly home if vital hospital checks today give him the all-clear.
Shyrete Elezi, former minister of local self-government was this time appointed as Deputy Minister of Finance, Bekim Maksuti returns in the Ministry of Defense this time in the function of Deputy Minister, while Visar Ganiu physical education professor at the State University of Tetovo will be the new Deputy Minister of Education and Science.
"They plan to create about a hundred jobs for people who speak German and to drive this figure further up to 500 in the next four years," said the Minister for attracting foreign investments, Visar Fida.
Doctors at the Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital have decided to go ahead with surgery to correct Visar Zymberi's underlying throat condition.
Little Visar Zymberi was treated by Scots doctors after surviving on just his mother's milk for the past two years.
Following the announcement of former PM that his party is preparing a document that will "save" Macedonia from the political crisis, observer Visar Ademi assesses that the time when Gruevski negotiated in the name of Macedonia is over, and now the last and only word belongs to the Special Public Prosecution, reports Alsat-M.