Today’s Wordle answer has some players searching for a dictionary after typing in a few logical letters and learning that “Trice” is a word. But what is its meaning or definition?
The word “trice” can be used as a noun or as a verb. It has very different definitions depending on the part of speech, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. The dictionary says that “trice” is most commonly used in the phrase “in a trice,” meaning it’s going to happen quickly.
Here’s what you need to know:
“Trice” is most commonly used as a noun in the phrase “in a trice.” Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines ‘trice’ as ‘a short period of time: INSTANT – used chiefly in the phrase in a trice’. This is the definition of “trice” as a noun.
If you want to use “Trice” in a sentence, you might say “It’s just a scrape in the knee — we’ll fix you in no time,” says the dictionary.
It can also be used as a verb, meaning “to pull up or pull in and (something like a sail) lash or secure with a small rope”. Something can also be triggered, or if you’re hauling and belaying something, you might trike.
Both definitions of the word date back to the 15th century, says the dictionary.
Synonyms for “Trice” as a noun include “beat, eyeblink, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiff, jiffy, minute, moment, nanosecond, New York minute, second, shake, split second, twinkle, twinkling, wink,” the dictionary entry says.
The word “trice” as a noun derives from the Middle English word “trise” meaning “to pull” and comes from the word “trise” according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary. As a verb, the word is derived from the Middle English words “trisen” or “tricen” meaning “to pull”, and “trice”, from the Middle Dutch word “trisen” meaning “to pull up”, from “trise”, the capstan dictionary says.
While there are probably not as many reasons to use the verb form of the word in modern times, the dictionary records recent usage of the word. On July 5, 2022, a Los Angeles Times article stated that “at least a hundred people died, including 15 who stood on bridges and watched the rush of water as the water instantly swept away the bridges,” according to the dictionary .
Selena Takigawa Hoy used the word in an article published in Leisure + Travel on June 21, 2021, according to the dictionary. Hoy wrote: “The precarious bridges, as popular wisdom has it, could be torn down in a jiffy, handicapping enemies.”
Kyle Smith used the word in an article for National Review published Oct. 8, 2019, the dictionary entry states. Smith writes, “In the blink of an eye the friendliness drops to about the level of the Battle of Verdun.”
“The Economist” also printed the word on July 11, 2019, according to the dictionary. Her article read: “One side of the balance sheet is hard-to-sell loans; The other side is deposits that can be withdrawn on the fly.”
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