verb (wreathed; wreathing) Etymology: wreath Date: 1530 transitive verb 1. a. to shape into a wreath b. interweave c. to cause to coil about something 2. to twist or contort so as to show folds or creases 3. to encircle or adorn with or as if with a wreath intransitive verb 1. to twist in coils ; writhe 2. a. to take on the shape of a wreath b. to move or extend in circles or spirals

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  • Wreathe — Wreathe, v. t. [imp. {Wreathed}; p. p. {Wreathed}; Archaic {Wreathen}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wreathing}.] [See {Wreath}, n.] [Written also {wreath}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wreathe — Wreathe, v. i. To be intewoven or entwined; to twine together; as, a bower of wreathing trees. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wreathe — index intertwine Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wreathe — [ri:ð] v literary [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Partly from wreath; partly from wrethen, old past participle of writhe] 1.) be wreathed in sth to be covered in something ▪ The mountains were wreathed in mist. 2.) be wreathed in smiles to be smiling… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wreathe — [ rið ] verb MAINLY LITERARY 1. ) transitive usually passive if something is wreathed in something such as smoke, steam, or shadow, it is surrounded by it: The city below them was wreathed in mist. a ) intransitive if smoke, steam or MIST… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wreathe — (v.) 1520s, a back formation from wrethen, Middle English pp. of WRITHE (Cf. writhe). Related: Wreathed; wreathing …   Etymology dictionary

  • wreathe — *wind, coil, curl, twist, twine, entwine …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • wreathe — ► VERB 1) (usu. be wreathed) envelop, surround, or encircle. 2) (of smoke) move with a curling motion. ORIGIN from WRITHE(Cf. ↑writhe), reinforced by WREATH(Cf. ↑wreath) …   English terms dictionary

  • wreathe — [rēth] vt. wreathed, wreathing [Early ModE, back form. < ME wrethen, pp. of writhen,WRITHE; in later use < WREATH] 1. to coil, twist, or entwine, esp. so as to form into a wreath 2. to coil, twist, or entwine around; encircle [clouds… …   English World dictionary

  • wreathe — en·wreathe; in·ter·wreathe; un·wreathe; wreathe; …   English syllables

  • wreathe — UK [riːð] / US [rɪð] verb Word forms wreathe : present tense I/you/we/they wreathe he/she/it wreathes present participle wreathing past tense wreathed past participle wreathed mainly literary 1) a) [transitive, usually passive] if something is… …   English dictionary

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