(n.) A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse.
(n.) A moral fault or failing; especially, immoral conduct or habit, as in the indulgence of degrading appetites; customary deviation in a single respect, or in general, from a right standard, implying a defect of natural character, or the result of training and habits; a harmful custom; immorality; depravity; wickedness; as, a life of vice; the vice of intemperance.
(n.) The buffoon of the old English moralities, or moral dramas, having the name sometimes of one vice, sometimes of another, or of Vice itself; -- called also Iniquity.
(n.) A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
(n.) A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
(n.) A gripe or grasp.
(prep.) In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
(prep.) Denoting one who in certain cases may assume the office or duties of a superior; designating an officer or an office that is second in rank or authority; as, vice president; vice agent; vice consul, etc.
(v. t.) To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
(n.) Hence, a climbing or trailing plant; the long, slender stem of any plant that trails on the ground, or climbs by winding round a fixed object, or by seizing anything with its tendrils, or claspers; a creeper; as, the hop vine; the bean vine; the vines of melons, squashes, pumpkins, and other cucurbitaceous plants.
(n.) A stringed musical instrument formerly in use, of the same form as the violin, but larger, and having six strings, to be struck with a bow, and the neck furnished with frets for stopping the strings.
(n.) A large rope sometimes used in weighing anchor.
(n.) An instrument consisting of two jaws, closing by a screw, lever, cam, or the like, for holding work, as in filing.
(n.) An indorsement made on a passport by the proper authorities of certain countries on the continent of Europe, denoting that it has been examined, and that the person who bears it is permitted to proceed on his journey; a visa.
(v. t.) To examine and indorse, as a passport; to visa.