Webster 1913 Edition
p. pr. & vb. n.
To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring.“With writhing [turning] of a pin.”
Then Satan first knew pain,
writhedhim to and fro.
Her mouth she
writhed, her forehead taught to frown.
writhenarms, and mighty hands.
To wrest; to distort; to pervert.
The reason which he yieldeth showeth the least part of his meaning to be that whereunto his words are
To extort; to wring; to wrest.
The nobility hesitated not to follow the example of their sovereign in
writhingmoney from them by every species of oppression.
Sir W. Scott.
To twist or contort the body; to be distorted;
as, to. Also used figuratively.
After every attempt, he felt that he had failed, and
writhedwith shame and vexation.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To twist; to distort.
Her mouth she writhd.
2.To twist with violence; as, to writhe the body.
3.To wrest; to distort; to torture; as, to writhe words.