from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To twist, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment.
- intransitive v. To move with a twisting or contorted motion.
- intransitive v. To suffer acutely.
- transitive v. To cause to twist or squirm; contort.
- n. The act or an instance of writhing; a contortion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To twist, to wring (something).
- v. To contort (a part of the body).
- v. To twist or contort the body; to be distorted.
- n. The number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To twist or contort the body; to be distorted. Also used figuratively.
- transitive v. To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring.
- transitive v. To wrest; to distort; to pervert.
- transitive v. To extort; to wring; to wrest.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn and twist about; twist out of shape or position; wrench; contort.
- To wrest perversely; wrest; pervert.
- To wrench; wring; extort.
- To move or stir in a twisting or tortuous manner; twist about, as from pain, distress, or stimulation.
- n. A contortion of form or features, as from pain or other emotion; an act of writhing.
- n. The band of a fagot.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
With a thin writhe of a smile, Collins investigated the insides of her clenched hands to make sure that the hooks were connected.
The maggots, starved for oxygen, writhe and jump in the bag, creating a "pitter-patter" sound.
In studying a 13th-century scroll where nine scaly dragons writhe through a sepia mist, Mr. Li focused on a spot near the center where the brume twists into a spiral.
I haven't blogged lately because I've been so sick all I can do is sleep, throw up, writhe in pain or blow my nose and I pretty much don't want to do anything more complex than play Peggle.
The badger will squeal and writhe around, clawing the Man mercilessly as the Man begins to intensify the beating and his repetition.
Here we have an near-omnipotent, near-invulnerable, time-traveling walking knife drawer that - if it doesn't turn you into sushi while dodging every weapon that you throw at it - takes you home so it can impale you alive in its front yard where you get to writhe in agony forever while it looks on like the silent mega-badass it is.
Rickie had the projector turned on and pointed toward the living room wall, watched the python writhe on the ground.
Yoga used to make a Christian nation writhe; now it has become an embodiment of the country's religious and social elasticity.
Yoga used to make a Christian nation writhe; now it has become an embodiment of the country s religious and social elasticity.
The film, directed by Louie Psihoyos, shows dolphins driven into a cove and stabbed by fishermen on small boats, turning the water red with blood, as the dolphins writhe in agony.
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