Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch;“Earnestly wringing Waverley’s hand.”
wringclothes in washing
Sir W. Scott.“Wring him by the nose.”
[His steed] so sweat that men might him
The king began to find where his shoe did
The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and
wringoff his head.
Lev. i. 15.
Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
Too much grieved and
wrungby an uneasy and strait fortune.
Didst thou taste but half the griefs
wringmy soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly.
To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
How dare men thus
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
wringtears from me.
He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and
wringedthe dew out of the fleece.
Judg. vi. 38.
To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
wringthe widow from her 'customed right.
The merchant adventures have been often wronged and
wringedto the quick.
To bend or strain out of its position;
To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
'T is all men's office to speak patience
To those that
To those that
wringunder the load of sorrow.
Look where the sister of the king of France
wringingof her hands, and beats her breast.
A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To twist; to turn and strain with violence; as, to wring clothes in washing.
2.To squeeze; to press; to force by twisting; as, to wring water out of a wet garment.
3.To writhe; as, to wring the body in pain.
The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.
If he had not been too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune--
5.To distress; to press with pain.
Didst thou taste but half the griefs, that wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly.
6.To distort; to pervert.
How dare these men thus wring the Scriptures?
7.To persecute with extortion.
These merchant adventurers have been often wronged and wringed to the quick.
8.To bend or strain out of its positions, as, to wring a mast.
To wring off, to force off or separate by wringing; as, to wring off the head of a fowl.
To wring out,
1.To force out; to squeeze out by twisting; as, to wring out dew or water. Judges 6.
2.To free from a liquor by wringing; as, to wring out clothes.
To wring from, to force from by violence; to extort; as revenues wrung from the poor; to wring from one his rights; to wring a secret from one.