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Meaning of WRING

Pronunciation:  ring

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a twisting squeeze; "gave the wet cloth a wring"
  2. [v]  twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's hand"
  3. [v]  twist and press out of shape
  4. [v]  twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid; "wring the towels"
  5. [v]  obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"

WRING is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wrench
 See Also: bleed, crush, distort, fleece, gazump, hook, mash, morph, motion, movement, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, squash, squeeze, squeeze out, squelch, surcharge, twine, twist, wring out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.]
    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.
             [His steed] so sweat that men might him wring.
             The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.
             The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar,
             and wring off his head.               --Lev. i. 15.
    2. Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
             Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait
             fortune.                              --Clarendon.
             Didst thou taste but half the griefs That wring my
             soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly. --Addison.
    3. To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
             How dare men thus wring the Scriptures? --Whitgift.
    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.
             Your overkindness doth wring tears from me. --Shak.
             He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the
             fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the
             fleece.                               --Judg. vi.
    5. To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order
       to enforce compliance.
             To wring the widow from her 'customed right. --Shak.
             The merchant adventures have been often wronged and
             wringed to the quick.                 --Hayward.
    6. (Naut.) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to
       wring a mast.
  2. \Wring\, v. i.
    To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
          'T is all men's office to speak patience To those that
          wring under the load of sorrow.          --Shak.
          Look where the sister of the king of France Sits
          wringing of her hands, and beats her breast. --Marlowe.
  3. \Wring\, n.
    A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping. [Obs.]
    --Bp. Hall.