from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
- n. A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sudden movement or gesture of shrinking away.
- n. A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch. It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment at will.
- v. To flinch as if in pain or distress.
- v. To wash (cloth), dip it in dye, etc., with the use of a wince.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To shrink, as from a blow, or from pain; to flinch; to start back.
- intransitive v. To kick or flounce when unsteady, or impatient at a rider.
- n. The act of one who winces.
- n. A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch. It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment. at will.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shrink, as in pain or from a blow; start back: literally or figuratively.
- To kick.
- To wriggle; twist and turn.
- To fling by starting or kicking.
- n. The act of one who winces; an involuntary shrinking movement or tendency; a slight start back or aside, as from pain or to avoid pain.
- n. In dyeing, a simple hand-machine for changing a fabric from one dye-vat to another.
- In dyeing, to immerse in the bath by turning the wince or winch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the facial expression of sudden pain
- n. a reflex response to sudden pain
- v. make a face indicating disgust or dislike
- v. draw back, as with fear or pain
Middle English wincen, to kick, from Old North French *wencier, variant of Old French guencir, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)