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Meaning of WINCE

Pronunciation:  wins

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a reflex response to sudden pain
  2. [n]  the facial expression of sudden pain
  3. [v]  make a face indicating disgust or dislike; "She winced when she heard his pompous speech"
  4. [v]  draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

WINCE is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: cringe, flinch, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch
 See Also: facial expression, facial gesture, grimace, jump, make a face, move, pull a face, retract, shrink back, start, startle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wince\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Winced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Wincing}.] [OE. wincen, winchen, OF. quencir, guenchir,
    guenchier, giencier, guinchier, and (assumed) winchier,
    winchir, to give way, to turn aside, fr. OHG. wankjan,
    wenken, to give way, to waver, fr. winchan to turn aside, to
    nod, akin to E. wink. See {Wink}.]
    1. To shrink, as from a blow, or from pain; to flinch; to
       start back.
             I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word.
    2. To kick or flounce when unsteady, or impatient at a rider;
       as, a horse winces.
  2. \Wince\, n.
    The act of one who winces.
  3. \Wince\, n. [See {Winch}.] (Dyeing & Calico Printing)
    A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch.
    It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so
    as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment. at
    {Wince pit}, {Wince pot}, a tank or a pit where cloth in the
       process of dyeing or manufacture is washed, dipped in a
       mordant, or the like.