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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To twist or contort the body; to be distorted. Also used figuratively.
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)
Middle English writhen, from Old English wrīthan; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English writhen, from Old English wrīþan, from Proto-Germanic *wrīþanan 'to twist, turn' (cf. Old High German rīdan 'to turn', Old Norse ríða 'to wind'), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Lithuanian riēsti 'to unbend, wind, roll'). (Wiktionary)