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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wryngen, wringen, from Old English wringan, from Proto-Germanic *wringaną (compare West Frisian wringe, Low German wringen, Dutch wringen, German ringen ‘to wrestle’), from Proto-Indo-European *wrenǵʰ- (compare Lithuanian reñgtis ‘to bend down’, Ancient Greek ῥίμφα (rhímpha) ‘fast’), nasalized variant of *werǵʰ- ‘bind, squeeze’. More at worry.

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wring (third-person singular simple present wrings, present participle wringing, simple past wrung or wrang or (obsolete) wringed, past participle wrung or (obsolete) wringed)

  1. To squeeze or twist tightly so that liquid is forced out; usually wring out.
    You must wring (out) your wet jeans before hanging them up to dry.
    • Bible, Judg. vi. 38
      He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece.
    • Shakespeare
      Your overkindness doth wring tears from me.
  2. To obtain by force.
    The police said they would wring the truth out of that heinous criminal.
  3. To hold tightly and press or twist.
    Some of the patients waiting in the dentist's office were wringing their hands nervously.
    He said he'd wring my neck if I told his girlfriend.
    He wrung my hand enthusiastically when he found out we were related.
    • Francis Bacon
      The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.
    • Bible, Leviticus i. 15
      The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head
  4. (intransitive) To writhe; to twist, as if in anguish.
  5. To kill an animal, usually poultry, by breaking its neck by twisting.
    • Shakespeare
      'Tis all men's office to speak patience / To those that wring under the load of sorrow.
  6. To pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
    • Clarendon
      Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune.
    • Addison
      Didst thou taste but half the griefs / That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly.
  7. To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
    • Whitgift
      How dare men thus wring the Scriptures?
  8. To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
    • Shakespeare
      To wring the widow from her 'customed right.
    • Hayward
      The merchant adventurers have been often wronged and wringed to the quick.
  9. (nautical) To bend or strain out of its position.
    to wring a mast
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NounEdit

wring (plural wrings)

  1. A powerful squeezing or twisting action.
    I grasped his hand and gave it a grateful wring.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English wrynge (press), from Old English wringe.

NounEdit

wring

  1. (archaic) A press; a device for pressing or compressing, especially for cider.
    • 1670, John Evelyn, Sylva, or, A discourse of forest-trees [] [1], London: Jo. Martyn and Ja. Allestry, page 53:
      A Friend of mine having made provision of Apples for Cider, whereof so great a part were found rotten when the time of grind∣ing them came, that they did, as 'twere wash the Room with their Juice, through which they were carried to the Wring.
    • 1753, Hugh Stafford, A treatise on cyder-making, with a catalogue of cyder-apples of character, in Herefordshire and Devonshire. To which is prefixed, A dissertation on cyder and cyder-fruit[2], page 48:
      In order to avoid a great deal of trouble, and to perform the work more effectually, by diveſting the new made Cyder of what pummice and other impurities remain; after straining it through a hair ſieve, on its coming from the Wring, or Preſs, it is neceſſary to be provided with a large open vat, keeve, or clive, which will contain a whole pounding, or making of Cyder []
    • 1826, The Vintner's, Brewer's, Spirit Merchant's, and Licensed Victualler's Guide[3], London: W. Whetton, page 216:
      Take any quantity of cider that is old, strong, harsh, or of an inferior quality, and add to it the same quantity of cider from the wring, or press; rouse it up well, and fix it in a warm place, or in the sun, which is certainly the best for its progress []
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wring

  1. first-person singular present indicative of wringen
  2. imperative of wringen

Middle EnglishEdit

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wring

  1. Alternative form of wryngen