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 for trice
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trice \Trice\, n. [Sp. tris the noise made by the breaking of
     glass, an instant, en un tris in an instant; probably of
     imitative origin.]
     A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- now used only in
     the phrase in a trice. "With a trice." --Turbervile. " On a
     trice." --Shak.
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           A man shall make his fortune in a trice. --Young.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Trice \Trice\, v. t. [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.]
     [Written also trise.]
     1. To pull; to haul; to drag; to pull away. [Obs.]
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              Out of his seat I will him trice.     --Chaucer.
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     2. (Naut.) To haul and tie up by means of a rope.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  trice
      n 1: a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or
           the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a
           flash" [syn: blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat,
           instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling,
           wink, New York minute]
      v 1: raise with a line; "trice a window shade" [syn: trice,
           trice up]
      2: hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope [syn:
         trice, trice up]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  27 Moby Thesaurus words for "trice":
     breath, coup, crack, flash, half a jiffy, half a mo, half a second,
     half a shake, instant, jiff, jiffy, microsecond, millisecond,
     minute, moment, sec, second, shake, split second, stroke, tick,
     twink, twinkle, twinkling, twitch, two shakes, wink
  
  

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