Etymology
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trice (v.)

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 etymology is unknown.

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Definitions of trice
1
trice (v.)
raise with a line;
trice a window shade
Synonyms: trice up
trice (v.)
hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope;
Synonyms: trice up
2
trice (n.)
a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat);
Synonyms: blink of an eye / flash / heartbeat / instant / jiffy / split second / twinkling / wink / New York minute
From wordnet.princeton.edu