verb transitiveWord forms: triced or ˈtricing
1. to haul up (a sail, etc.) and secure with a small lineusually with up
2. a very short time; instant; momentnow only in the phrase in a trice
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Word origin of 'trice'ME trisen < MDu, to pull, hoist < trise, windlass, roller