writhe

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Middle English writhen, from Old English wrīþan, from Proto-Germanic *wrīþaną 'to twist, turn' (cf. Old High German rīdan 'to turn', Old Norse ríða 'to wind'), from Proto-Indo-European (compare Lithuanian riēsti 'to unbend, wind, roll').

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VerbEdit

writhe (third-person singular simple present writhes, present participle writhing, simple past writhed or wrothe, past participle writhed or writhen)

  1. (transitive) To twist, to wring (something).
  2. (transitive) To contort (a part of the body).
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17:
      Cicero (as I remember) had gotten a custome to wryth his nose, which signifieth a naturall scoffer.
  3. (intransitive) To twist or contort the body; to be distorted.
    • 2011 October 1, Phil McNulty, “Everton 0 - 2 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      The game was engulfed in controversy when Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with Suarez. The tackle drew an angry response from Liverpool's players- Lucas in particular as Suarez writhed in agony - but it was an obvious injustice when the England Under-21 midfielder was shown the red card.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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NounEdit

writhe (plural writhes)

  1. (knot theory) The number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot

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