American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To twist or entwine into a wreath.
- v. To twist or curl into a wreathlike shape or contour.
- v. To crown, decorate, or encircle with or as if with a wreath.
- v. To coil or curl.
- v. To form a wreath or wreathlike shape around.
- v. To assume the form of wreath.
- v. To curl, writhe, or spiral: The smoke wreathed upward.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To twist; form by twisting.
- To writhe; contort; distort.
- To form into a wreath; adjust as a wreath or circularly; cause to pass about something.
- To form or make by intertwining; also, to twist together or intertwine; combine, as several things into one, by twisting and intertwining.
- To surround with a wreath or with anything twisted or twined; infold; twist, twine, or fold round.
- To form or become a wreath about; encircle.
- To take the form of wreath; hence, to mingle or interlace, as two or more things with one another.
- In milling, to hug the eye of the millstone so closely as to retard or prevent its descent: said of flour or meal.
- v. transitive To twist, curl or entwine something into a shape similar to a wreath
- v. transitive To form a wreathlike shape around something
- v. intransitive To curl, writhe or spiral in the form of wreath
- v. obsolete To turn violently aside or around; to wrench.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn.
- v. To twist; to convolve; to wind one about another; to entwine.
- v. To surround with anything twisted or convolved; to encircle; to infold.
- v. To twine or twist about; to surround; to encircle.
- v. To be intewoven or entwined; to twine together.
- v. form into a wreath
- v. move with slow, sinuous movements
- v. decorate or deck with wreaths
- Partly a back-formation of wreathen (past participle of writhe), and partly from wreath. (Wiktionary)
- From wreath. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“He would have his audience there, where the setting sun might wreathe him in an aura of brilliance.”
“But if I find myself in company with other people, words at once make smoke rings — see how phrases at once begin to wreathe off my lips.”
“Universal shallowness wonders and applauds; and Aristarchus the Little, fired to dare fresh achievements, is certain of new weeds to wreathe with his deciduous bays.”
“Someday they, too, may return to wreathe the fleshless grin of this country, the nexus of their souls.”
“And I love the “new weeds to wreathe with his deciduous bays.””
“Mannanan, for example, is a "real" myth, and he did does? have the power to wreathe the island in mists to hide it from invaders.”
“She coughed a little, and drank another sip to clear her throat-harsh, acrid smoke had begun to wreathe its way through the buildings.”
“She passed Eliza with a mere flick of the tail and went to wreathe her small body round the Professor's long legs.”
“I think if Obama makes it to POTUS, he should show his "moral authority" by having William Ayers accompany him, in laying a wreathe at the Tomb of the unknown soldier.”
“To wreathe the trees they'll touch till leaves will last,”
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