Wring Wring, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wrung}, Obs. {Wringed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wringing}.] [OE. wringen, AS. wringan; akin to LG. & D. wringen, OHG. ringan to struggle, G. ringen, Sw. vr["a]nga to distort, Dan. vringle to twist. Cf. {Wrangle}, {Wrench}, {Wrong}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes in washing. ``Earnestly wringing Waverley's hand.'' --Sir W. Scott. ``Wring him by the nose.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

[His steed] so sweat that men might him wring. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The king began to find where his shoe did wring him. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head. --Lev. i. 15. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture. [1913 Webster]

Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

Didst thou taste but half the griefs That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

3. To distort; to pervert; to wrest. [1913 Webster]

How dare men thus wring the Scriptures? --Whitgift. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

Your overkindness doth wring tears from me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece. --Judg. vi. 38. [1913 Webster]

5. To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance. [1913 Webster]

To wring the widow from her 'customed right. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The merchant adventures have been often wronged and wringed to the quick. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]

6. (Naut.) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • wring — ► VERB (past and past part. wrung) 1) squeeze and twist to force liquid from. 2) break (an animal s neck) by twisting forcibly. 3) squeeze (someone s hand) tightly. 4) (wring from/out of) obtain with difficulty or effort. 5) cause great pain or… …   English terms dictionary

  • Wring — Wring, v. i. To writhe; to twist, as with anguish. [1913 Webster] T is all men s office to speak patience To those that wring under the load of sorrow. Shak. [1913 Webster] Look where the sister of the king of France Sits wringing of her hands,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wring — Wring, n. A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping. [Obs.] Bp. Hall. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • wring — [riŋ] vt. wrung or Rare wringed, wringing [ME wringen < OE wringan, to press, compress, strain, akin to Ger ringen, to struggle, wrestle < IE * wreng < base * wer , to turn, bend > WORM] 1. a) to squeeze, press, twist, or compress,… …   English World dictionary

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