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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Trice
  1. To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away.(Obs)" Out of his seat I will him trice." [Chaucer.]
  2. [Naut] To haul and tie up by means of a rope.

Etymology: OE. trisen; of Scand. or Low German origin; cf. Sw. trissa a sheave, pulley, triss a spritsail brace, Dan. tridse a pulley, tridse to haul by means of a pulley, to trice, LG. trisse a pulley, D. trijsen to hoist

noun Trice
A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- now used only in the phrase in a trice.

Etymology: Sp. tris the noise made by the breaking of glass, an instant, en un tris in an instant; probably of imitative origin

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  1. A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
  2. Hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
  3. Raise with a line ("trice a window shade")

From Middle English tryse, tryys, probably of North Germanic origin; compare Swedish trissa (“a pulley, truckle”), Norwegian triss (“a pulley”), Danish tridse (“pulley”), Low German trissel (“whirling, dizziness”). Perhaps ultimately related to Old English tryndel (“wheel, roller”). More at trindle, trend.

  1. A roller; windlass.

From Middle English tryse, in the phrase at a tryse (“with a single, quick motion”, literally “with a pull, jerk”), later also in the phrases at a trice, with a trice, on a trice, in a trice; ultimately from the verb. See below.

  1. A very short time; an instant; a moment; – now used only in the phrase in a trice.

From Middle English trisen, trycen, from Middle Dutch trisen (“to hoist”) or Middle Low German trissen (“to trice the spritsail”). Related to Dutch trijsen, Low German trissen, tryssen, drisen, drysen (“to wind up, trice”), German trissen, Danish tridse (“to haul with a pulley”).

    trice was also found in the following language(s): Scottish Gaelic

    Notable Persons Named Trice

    Trice Harvey is a Member of the California House of Representatives and Member of theCalifornia House of Representatives. Trice was born on July 15th, 1936 in Paragould, Arkansas.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Trice

    Obie Trice is a hip hop music rapping and songwriter. His most notable accomplishments were from 2000 to present. Obie was born Obie Trice on November 14th, 1977 in Detroit.


    Anne Gwynne was an actress. She was most prominent from 1939 to 1970. Anne was given the name Marguerite Gwynne Trice on December 10th, 1918 in Waco, Texas, U.S. She left this life on March 31st, 2003.


    Jack Trice is a football player. Jack was born in Hiram, Ohio, U.S.


    Travis Trice is a basketball player for the Westchester Knicks in the NBA Development League. His ongoing career started in 2015. Travis was born on January 22nd, 1993 in Springfield, Ohio.


    Tyrone was born on October 23rd, 1963 in Milwaukee.


    Bob Trice was a baseball player. Bob was born on August 28th, 1926 in Newton, Georgia. He left this life on September 16th, 1988.


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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Trice U.S.
      White 41.91% 64.26%
      African American 51.18% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.41% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 3.81% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.15% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Trice are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Trice

    • How Popular is the name Trice? Trice is the 36,612th most popular name of all time. As a last name Trice was the 4,145th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Trice have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 100 babies born with the first name Trice in the United States. That's more than enough people named Trice to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Trice? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1920 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
    • When was Trice first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Trice is Saturday, April 7th, 1888.
    • What year had the most people named Trice born? The highest recorded use of the first name Trice was in 2013 with a total of 10 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Trice: Your name in reverse order is Ecirt. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cteri. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Trice? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 8,546 people with the last name Trice.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Trice? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Trice as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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