[v_ˈɪ_s], [vˈɪs], [vˈɪs]

Definitions of Vis:

  1.   Physical force.
  2.   Force, energy, power.
  3.   Moral power.
  4.   In mech., force; power.
  5.   Force; power. Vis inertioe, the resistance in a body to change either its state of rest or state of motion; inert state or unwillingness to change a habit. Vis viva, living force, or kinetic energy. Vis mortua, dead force, or force doing no work.
  6.   Force; power.

Quotes for Vis:

  1. America tends to worship the modest talent because it doesn't put us in an uncomfortable position vis -a -vis the artist. – Carlisle Floyd
  2. It is one of the primary motives of modern art that it wants to abolish the distance which the viewer, the consumer, the audience maintain vis -a -vis a work of art. – Hans-Georg Gadamer
  3. The writer cannot abandon himself simply to inspiration, and feign innocence vis a vis language, because language is never innocent. – Juan Goytisolo
  4. We want to see Israel withdraw from our territory. But we don't want to be accountable vis -a -vis Israel on the security basis, because we don't see, in the absence of a peace agreement, that Lebanon can really be accountable to Israel if anything happens. – Rafik Hariri

Usage examples for Vis:

  1. Having placed the nose of the lizard vis a- vis with his own, he opened his jaws to their full extent, took in the head, and commenced gradually sucking the body down his throat. ” – The Boy Hunters by Captain Mayne Reid
  2. The unity is derived from a vis a tergo: it is given at the start as an impulsion, not placed at the end as an attraction. ” – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  3. He had completely fooled a great man; he had not only torn off his mask, but he had made him untie the strings himself; and he laughed like an author over his own play,- that is to say, with a true sense of the immense value of his " vis comica." ” – Modeste Mignon by Honore de Balzac
  4. So he was asking Essie Tisdale to marry him- this old Edouard Dubois with the bullet- shaped head and the brutal face that Van Lennop had found so objectionable upon each occasion that he had been his vis a- vis in the dining- room? ” – The Lady Doc by Caroline Lockhart
  5. This inhibition is prevented or obliterated by the change of mind produced by the quack, and then the vis medicatrix naturae brings about a cure. ” – Psychotherapy by James J. Walsh
  6. The vis inertiae of the agricultural class was beyond the limit of language to describe. ” – Hodge and His Masters by Richard Jefferies
  7. And the ponies, and the curricle, and the vis a- vis what will become of them? ” – The Parent's Assistant by Maria Edgeworth
  8. Again there was a short pause, and then after gazing intently at his vis a- vis Heideck suddenly said- " You are an officer?" ” – The Coming Conquest of England by August Niemann
  9. We had my Lord Tiptoff and Lady Fanny Rakes for our vis a- vis – The History of Samuel Titmarsh and the Great Hoggarty Diamond by William Makepeace Thackeray
  10. The phaeton was there as well as the carriage for two persons, which this time was an elegant vis a- vis so light and well- hung that Donna Cecilia praised it highly when she took her seat. ” – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  11. We will have Hamilton and Dulce for our vis a- vis – Not Like Other Girls by Rosa N. Carey
  12. “ Lucian removed his cigar from between his lips, and lazily contemplated his fair vis a vis – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  13. “ For instance, in the scene of the Mariage force between Sganarelle and Pancrace, the entire vis comica lies in the conflict set up between the idea of Sganarelle, who wishes to make the philosopher listen to him, and the obstinacy of the philosopher, a regular talking- machine working automatically. ” – Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of the Comic by Henri Bergson
  14. “ Mr. Pugh's vis a- vis is the Rev. ” – Scenes of Clerical Life by George Eliot
  15. “ Sed vis illa non diuturna fuit, mox enim totus fere populus Romanus ingenti desiderio Ciceronis reditum flagitare coepit et maximo omnium ordinum studio Cicero in patriam revocatus est. ” – Selections from Viri Romae by Charles François L'Homond
  16. The English reader is perhaps unaware that every Bengal landowner is required to pay revenue to Government four times a year, vis – Tales of Bengal by S. B. Banerjea
  17. But really I was shocked to see How many decent folks could be Induced to come and bow the knee; I think you were my vis a- vis – Impertinent Poems by Edmund Vance Cooke
  18. And then, to the " forward two" of the leader of the band, he led his partner up to meet their vis a- vis to " balance," " pass," " change," and go through all the figures of the dance. ” – Cruel As The Grave by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  19. Well, but this certainly is true: Si vis bellum, para bellum. ” – If I May by A. A. Milne
  20. We may safely trust the prodigious vis inertioe of human nature to ward off the peril of an eccentricity beyond bounds spreading too far. ” – Rousseau Volumes I. and II. by John Morley

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