• WordNet 3.6
    • v wreathe form into a wreath
    • v wreathe decorate or deck with wreaths "wreathe the grave site"
    • v wreathe move with slow, sinuous movements
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Additional illustrations & photos:

two men in turbans and what looks like a brahma cow with a flowered wreath around its neck two men in turbans and what looks like a brahma cow with a flowered wreath around its neck

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Wreathe To be intewoven or entwined; to twine together; as, a bower of wreathing trees.
    • Wreathe To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn. "And from so heavy sight his head did wreathe ."
    • Wreathe To surround with anything twisted or convolved; to encircle; to infold. "Each wreathed in the other's arms.""Dusk faces with withe silken turbants wreathed .""And with thy winding ivy wreathes her lance."
    • Wreathe To twine or twist about; to surround; to encircle. "In the flowers that wreathe the sparkling bowl,
      Fell adders hiss."
    • Wreathe To twist; to convolve; to wind one about another; to entwine. "The nods and smiles of recognition into which this singular physiognomy was wreathed .""From his slack hand the garland wreathed for Eve
      Down dropped."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wreathe To twist; form by twisting.
    • wreathe To writhe; contort; distort.
    • wreathe To form into a wreath; adjust as a wreath or circularly; cause to pass about something.
    • wreathe To form or make by intertwining; also, to twist together or intertwine; combine, as several things into one, by twisting and intertwining.
    • wreathe To surround with a wreath or with anything twisted or twined; infold; twist, twine, or fold round.
    • wreathe To form or become a wreath about; encircle.
    • wreathe To take the form of a wreath; hence, to mingle or interlace, as two or more things with one another.
    • wreathe In milling, to hug the eye of the millstone so closely as to retard or prevent its descent: said of flour or meal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Wreathe (rēth) to form by twisting: to form into a wreath: to twine about or encircle
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  • John Milton
    “A crown, golden in show is but a wreath of thorns.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Wreath (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrædh, 'a twisted band'—wríthan, to writhe.


In literature:

He stood leaning on the side of our luggage-wreathed vehicle, with an air of charming condescension.
"My Friend the Chauffeur" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
When they were to part the little girl took an elder blossom from her wreath and gave it to him to keep.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
At a flower-shop, which was opened to her knock, Roma bought a wreath of white chrysanthemums.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Wreath of red roses on head.
"The White Christmas and other Merry Christmas Plays" by Walter Ben Hare
The spiral smoke-wreath above the cottage is not calmer than the motion within.
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2" by John Wilson
Boys, le's make some wreaths.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
Taking the wreath from the child's hand, she placed it on the pensive brows of the god.
"The Child of Pleasure" by Gabriele D'Annunzio
Some flowers, broken from the complimentary wreaths, lay on the floor.
"Dross" by Henry Seton Merriman
The bowl itself was white, with a wreath of roses round the rim, both inside and out.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
In the corners near the staff, the only ones that are left are golden wreaths in the center of which may be seen the letter "N".
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
If in war, then bayonets are stacked and holly-wreathed, and candles stuck on each point!
"Christmas" by Zona Gale
Her face was all wreathed in smiles.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
Said farm was to be a lot with a vine-wreathed bungalow on some village street.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
Oh, lady, twine no wreath for me, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
Jack could see their eagles now, gilt and circled with gilded wreaths.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
But the Princess, touched by the sweet voice of the other singer puts a rose-wreath on his brow.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley
Thin wreaths of smoke escape from the corners of buildings.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
One has, obverse, head of eagle; reverse, thunderbolt within a wreath.
"The New England Magazine Volume 1, No. 6, June, 1886, Bay State Monthly Volume 4, No. 6, June, 1886" by Various
On her head she wore a fantastic wreath of scarlet autumn leaves.
"The Automobile Girls in the Berkshires" by Laura Dent Crane
From some chimney opposite a thin wreath of smoke was rising.
"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde

In poetry:

We that have sung perchance may find
Our little meed of praise,
And round our pallid temples bind
The wreath of fading bays.
"To The Poets Who Only Read And Listen" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And I had another sister,
With cheeks all bright with bloom;
And another morn I missed her --
She had gone to wreathe a tomb.
"Death Of The Flower" by Abram Joseph Ryan
And ever by delicate powers
Gathering along the centuries
From race on race the rarest flowers,
My wreath shall nothing miss.
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
Gath'ring round it misty fancies,
Like the mountain's cloudy wreath,
Till the spirit's errant glances
See no beauty underneath.
"Reality" by Walter Richard Cassels
And you, with dewmist on your hair,
Crowned with a wreath of lilies,
Laughing like Lalage the fair
And tender-eyed like Phyllis:
"Reminiscence" by John Charles McNeill
And presently a baby fair
Upon her gentle breast she reared;
When midst the wreath that bound her hair
Rich golden fruit appeared.
"The Chaplet" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Maddie is proudly displaying her Christmas wreath.
This letter is directed to the person who stole the wreath from my father's grave at the Onondaga County Veterans Memorial Cemetery.
Wreath placed on unmarked Kent graves of German airmen.
Plenty of holiday wreaths were purchased Sunday to raise money for the Abraham House in Utica.
The third annual Festival of Wreaths was held at Valentino's Banquet Hall in New Hartford.
Wreaths to honor veterans in Leesburg.
To honor them during this holiday season, they placed wreaths on each grave.
CANFIELD, Ohio — Members of the Mahoning County, Ohio State University Master Gardeners will gather together Dec 15 to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.
Non-profit Wreaths Across America began when Maine businessman Morrill Worcester laid surplus wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery in 1992.
Morrill Worcester has been running a wreath-making business in Columbia Falls, Maine, for 42 years.
Wreaths Across America In Middletown.
Linda Scialabba, Wadsworth Chapter Registrar, places a wreath in 2011.
Wreaths Across America ceremony scheduled Saturday.
CAMP RIPLEY — The Crow Wing Squadron of Civil Air Patrol (CAP) cadets and adults will participate in a Wreaths Across America ceremony at 11 am Saturday near Camp Ripley at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery.
Who knew wreaths could be so fun year-round.

In science:

Berger has shown that the category of simple omega-categories has a filtration by iterated wreath products of the simplex category.
Simple omega-categories and chain complexes
We generalise his result by considering wreath products of categories of chain complexes over the simplex category.
Simple omega-categories and chain complexes
We begin by recalling the definition of the wreath product category ∆ ≀ A for an arbitrary category A.
Simple omega-categories and chain complexes
It is clear that the wreath product construction ∆ ≀ − is functorial.
Simple omega-categories and chain complexes
Up to equivalence, the categories Θn and the inclusion functors Θn−1 → Θn can therefore be expressed entirely in terms of the simplex category and wreath products.
Simple omega-categories and chain complexes
In this wreath product, a Coxeter group of type Bn , the elements τi can be expressed in terms of τ1 and ξi .
Basis-conjugating automorphisms of a free group and associated Lie algebras
In the case the graph has a transitive isometry group G, we also describe the spectral analysis in terms of the representation theory of the wreath product C2 ≀ G.
Harmonic analysis of finite lamplighter random walks
The result in this section may be considered as a finite analogous of the computations on the infinite path; moreover, both the finite and infinite cases are random walks on groups, namely the wreath products C2 ≀ Cn and C2 ≀ Z.
Harmonic analysis of finite lamplighter random walks
The wreath product of C2 by G (with respect to the 2 , g ∈ G)} ≡ C Z action of G on Z ) is the set C2 ≀ G = {(ω , g ) : ω ∈ C Z 2 × G with the composition law: (θ, g ) · (ω , h) = (θ + gω , gh), for θ, ω ∈ C Z 2 , g , h ∈ G.
Harmonic analysis of finite lamplighter random walks
The representation theory of C2 ≀ G may be obtained by mean of the general representation theory of wreath products [14, 15], or, equivalently, by mean of the FrobeniusMackey-Wigner theory of semidirect products with an abelian normal subgroup [26, 27].
Harmonic analysis of finite lamplighter random walks
Schick, The spectral measure of certain elements of the complex group ring of a wreath product.
Harmonic analysis of finite lamplighter random walks
Macdonald, I.G., Polynomial functors and wreath products, J.
Finite dimensional representations of DAHA and affine Springers fibers : the spherical case
The symmetric p-group Wn (p) of height n is the n-fold iterated wreath product of Z/(p Z).
On the girth of random Cayley graphs
In contrast to the permutation group Sn and the iterated wreath product Wn , the size of PGL2(p) grows moderately with p.
On the girth of random Cayley graphs
The symmetric p-group Wn (p) of height n is the n-fold iterated wreath product of Z/(p Z).
On the girth of random Cayley graphs