American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To twist, squeeze, or compress, especially so as to extract liquid. Often used with out.
- v. To extract (liquid) by twisting or compressing. Often used with out.
- v. To wrench or twist forcibly or painfully: wring the neck of a chicken.
- v. To clasp and twist or squeeze (one's hands), as in distress.
- v. To clasp firmly and shake (another's hand), as in congratulation.
- v. To cause distress to; affect with painful emotion: a tale that wrings the heart.
- v. To obtain or extract by applying force or pressure: wrung the truth out of the recalcitrant witness.
- v. To writhe or squirm, as in pain.
- n. The act or an instance of wringing; a squeeze or twist.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To twist in the hands, as something flexible; twist or flex forcibly: as, to wring clothes after washing, to force out the water; to wring a friend's hand in cordial greeting: often with out.
- To twist out of place, shape, or relation; bend or strain tortuously or twistingly: as, to wring a mast; to wring the neck of a chicken.
- To turn or divert the course or purport of; distort; pervert.
- To affect painfully by or as if by some contorting or compressing action or effect; torture; rack; distress; pain.
- To force out, as a fluid, by twisting or contorting pressure; extract or obtain by or as if by a squeezing flexure; hence, to squeeze out in any way; extort: as, to wring water from clothes; to wring a reluctant consent from a person: often with out.
- To free from a liquid by twisting or compression: as, to wring out clothes.
- To writhe; twist about, as with anguish; squirm; suffer torture.
- To pinch; pain.
- To force one's way by pressure.
- n. A wringer or presser; a wine-press or cider-press.
- n. Action expressive of anguish; writhing.
- v. To squeeze or twist tightly so that liquid is forced out.
- v. To obtain by force.
- v. To hold tightly and press or twist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch.
- v. Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
- v. To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
- v. To extract or obtain by twisting and compressing; to squeeze or press (out); hence, to extort; to draw forth by violence, or against resistance or repugnance; -- usually with
- v. To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
- v. (Naut.) To bend or strain out of its position.
- v. To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
- n. obsolete A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.
- v. twist and press out of shape
- n. a twisting squeeze
- v. obtain by coercion or intimidation
- v. twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
- v. twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
- From Old English wringan. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wringen, from Old English wringan; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now this is nothing more than an attempt on the part of the translator to wring from the Old English lines some scrap of proof for the peculiar theory that he holds of the origin of the poem.”
“These improved weapons will inevitably demand the rearmament of the armies of Germany, Austria, Italy, France, and Russia, at an estimated cost of not less than $754,000,000, a sum which will tax the wits of the parliaments to wring from the groaning workers.”
“Note how few public concessions (none) Obama was able to wring from the Chinese about”
“They have yet to see the details of the deal, as any of us have, but they were encouraged by the fact that it looked like the FTC was able to kind of wring some more out of America Online and Time Warner.”
“The only qualification the British were able to wring from the Japanese was that the closing of the Burma Road—now China’s last link to the world—would last for only three months, a period of time that would give Japan and China an opportunity to reach a peace settlement.”
“Here is a pun on 'wring' and 'ring'; and 'sol-fa' is used as an equivalent for 'sing.”
“It was the story of her life -- a simple tale of ordinary things, such as wring the quiet hearts and train the unnoticed saints of this world.”
“Now, Peggy, my dear," said her husband when it was finished, "get in there -- off wi 'your things an' wring 'em out.”
“And mark the deep and voiceless gush Of f eelings - such as wring the heart That grave - the spade - the coffin - pall,”
“The ridiculous situation which was allowed by successive Governments to persist in the Gaelic-speaking districts of the West until a few years ago, in which teachers were appointed to the schools without any knowledge of the only language spoken by the children whom they purported to educate, is well illustrated by the statement on the part of one of their number to the effect that it took two years to extirpate, to "wring" the Irish speech out of the children and replace it, one must suppose, by English, and this process, it must be remembered, was gone through with the children of a peasantry whom a distinguished French publicist -- M.L. Paul-Dubois -- has described as perhaps the most intellectual in Europe.”
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