AskDefine | Define wrung

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Wring \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[aum]nga to distort, Dan. vringle to twist. Cf. Wrangle, Wrench, Wrong.] [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] [His steed] so sweat that men might him wring. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The king began to find where his shoe did wring him. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head. --Lev. i.
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Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture. [1913 Webster] Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] Didst thou taste but half the griefs That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
To distort; to pervert; to wrest. [1913 Webster] How dare men thus wring the Scriptures? --Whitgift. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] Your overkindness doth wring tears from me. --Shak. [1913 Webster] He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece. --Judg. vi.
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To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance. [1913 Webster] To wring the widow from her 'customed right. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The merchant adventures have been often wronged and wringed to the quick. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]
(Naut.) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast. [1913 Webster]
Wrung \Wrung\, imp. & p. p. of Wring. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wring n : a twisting squeeze; "gave the wet cloth a wring" [syn: squeeze]

Verb

1 twist and press out of shape [syn: contort, deform, distort]
2 twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's hand" [syn: wrench]
3 obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him" [syn: extort, squeeze, rack, gouge]
4 twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid; "wring the towels" [also: wrung]
wrung See wring

English

Pronunciation

  • /'rʌɳ/
  • Homophones: rung

Verb

wrung
  1. past of wring
    I wrung out my wet jeans and hung them out to dry.

Translations

past tense of wring
past participle of wring
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