from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To twist, squeeze, or compress, especially so as to extract liquid. Often used with out.
- transitive v. To extract (liquid) by twisting or compressing. Often used with out.
- transitive v. To wrench or twist forcibly or painfully: wring the neck of a chicken.
- transitive v. To clasp and twist or squeeze (one's hands), as in distress.
- transitive v. To clasp firmly and shake (another's hand), as in congratulation.
- transitive v. To cause distress to; affect with painful emotion: a tale that wrings the heart.
- transitive v. To obtain or extract by applying force or pressure: wrung the truth out of the recalcitrant witness.
- intransitive v. To writhe or squirm, as in pain.
- n. The act or an instance of wringing; a squeeze or twist.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch.
- transitive v. Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
- transitive v. To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
- transitive 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 out or form.
- transitive v. To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
- transitive v. To bend or strain out of its position.
- intransitive v. To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
- n. A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English wringen, from Old English wringan; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wringan. (Wiktionary)