wriggle

Definitions

  • The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel
    The Puppet Was Wriggling Like an Eel
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wriggle to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling) "The prisoner writhed in discomfort","The child tried to wriggle free from his aunt's embrace"
    • n wriggle the act of wiggling
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wriggle Act of wriggling; a short or quick writhing motion or contortion.
    • v. i Wriggle To move the body to and fro with short, writhing motions, like a worm; to squirm; to twist uneasily or quickly about. "Both he and successors would often wriggle in their seats, as long as the cushion lasted."
    • v. t Wriggle To move with short, quick contortions; to move by twisting and squirming; like a worm. "Covetousness will wriggle itself out at a small hole.""Wriggling his body to recover
      His seat, and cast his right leg over."
    • a Wriggle Wriggling; frisky; pliant; flexible. "Their wriggle tails."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wriggle To move sinuously; twist to and fro; writhe; squirm; wiggle.
    • wriggle To move along sinuously, or by twisting and turning the body, as a snake, an eel, or a worm; hence, figuratively, to proceed by shifts and turns; make way by sinuous or crooked means: as, to wriggle out of a difficulty.
    • wriggle To cause to wriggle; twist and shake slightly and quickly; effect by wriggling.
    • n wriggle The motion of one who or that which wriggles; a quick twisting motion or contortion like that of a worm or an eel.
    • n wriggle Something showing the effect of wriggling or sinuous action; a sinuosity or contortion; a wrinkle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wriggle rig′l to twist to and fro: to move sinuously: to use crooked means
    • v.t Wriggle to cause to wriggle
    • n Wriggle the motion of wriggling
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Freq. of wrig, probably from OE. wrikken, to move to and fro; cf. LG. wriggeln, D. wrikken, Sw. vricka, Dan. vrikke,

Usage

In literature:

Then all together they opened a fusillade until a bullet actually struck the snake and it wriggled about.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
But the affrighted Bella wriggled away from her aunt's bony grasp.
"Ruth Fielding Down East" by Alice B. Emerson
Della wriggled off the table and went to him.
"Americans All" by Various
At last a very dusty, grimy boy wriggled through and, rising gasping to his feet, dusted his clothes.
"The Cat in Grandfather's House" by Carl Henry Grabo
While I was looking round me and the elder Gorman was wriggling about on the floor, Tim worked the lantern behind our backs.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
The last I had seen of him he was wriggling on the floor, stirring himself up in the most lively manner.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
The boy wriggled in confusion as he sat on a cane-bottomed chair facing the old magistrate.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
But the otter managed to wriggle from under him, and escaped out of the door.
"Thirty Indian Legends" by Margaret Bemister
He just waded through the middle of the line and went down the field, a moving mass of wriggling men.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
He kicked, cursed, bit, screamed and wriggled, but to no purpose.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
There it stood quite still, except that the snakes continued to wriggle.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Then the weasel saw the rope that wriggled from the ram's neck.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
But bravely he struggled on, wriggled and twisted, paused for breath, and struggled again.
"The Young Railroaders" by Francis Lovell Coombs
He wriggled loose from his father; he came running to their help.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
He wriggled overboard and John leapt after him.
"Peter and Wendy" by James Matthew Barrie
The fishes were still alive and wriggling.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
It sounds quite simple; all you have to do is to wriggle; but, in reality, it is surprisingly difficult.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
I sat perfectly cold and still for several moments, then managed to wriggle away.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Just then Hans wriggled forward and the artist scratched his ears, to be rewarded by a grateful tongue.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
And they all scattered, wriggling and crawling out of the door.
"The Chinese Fairy Book" by Various
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In poetry:

And ah, the little babies - Shiny black-eyed babies - (Half a million pink toes
Wriggling altogether.)
Baskets full of babies
Like grapes on a vine.
"The Ghetto" by Lola Ridge
"My! what an exposure! just see what a sight!
I blush for my race,--he is showing his white
Such spinning and wriggling,--why, what does he wish?
How painfully small to respectable fish!"
"Verses For After-Dinner" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Not well to be a dupe in this good universe,
Where there is nothing to allure in happiness
Save in it wriggle aught of shameful and perverse,—
And not to be a dupe, one must be merciless!
"What Sayest Thou, Traveller" by Paul Verlaine
The wild flowers bloom and die; the heavens go round
With the song of wheeling planetary rings:
You wriggle in the sun; each moment brings
Its freight for you; in all things pleasures abound.
"Love Song" by Aldous Huxley
For a moment Clotilde paused in alarm,
Then she rolled up her sleeve and stretched out her arm.
She thought she heard steps, she must be quick.
She darted her hand out, and seized the thick
Wriggling slime,
Only just in time.
"The Book Of Hours Of Sister Clotilde" by Amy Lowell
Need n't wriggle, Mistah Catfish, case I got you jes' de same,
You been eatin', I 'll be eatin', an' we needah ain't to blame.
But you need n't feel so lonesome fu' I 's th'owin' out to see
Ef dey ain't some of yo' comrades fu' to keep you company.
"Fishing" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

Best-selling crime writer RJ Ellory has turned out to be the latest author exposed in the ongoing saga of fake Amazon reviews, a can of worm that just keeps on wriggling.
For centuries, women have wriggled into girdles and other slimmers to minimize their rear ends.
In the interests of wriggling out of the clutches of the cliché, I decided I would attempt to write a review of Feierabend without using the word hearty.
(Sprague) Wriggle of Severna Park, Md.
NBA, Spurs hoping to wriggle out of ABA settlement.
Few natural phenomena capture the imagination like the butterfly: the wriggling caterpillar that wraps itself up and reemerges as a winged beauty.
Yu Darvish wriggles out of trouble to lift Rangers by Twins.
A day in the life of Brett Reid starts with a cacophony of meows and woofs from those wriggling bundles of life in their respective cages, announcing for all to hear they are happy to be warm and alive.
Some song wriggles its way into your brain and won't leave.
Some lenders are wriggling out of a new law put in place more than two years ago.
And the children are mostly crudely drawn, cartoonish projections wearing striped shirts and eye patches, wriggling across the screen like wild, well, animals.
An aproned teacher sits with them, the only one who's not wriggling.
Just then, another young woman, a brunette passing in a haze of perfume, wriggled past Mr Gelman to take a seat.
'A REFORMED WRIGGLE': PRESLEY 'S MOVIE CAREER, 1960-1966.
How Israeli business wriggled free of state influence.
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In science:

On the increasing part [T c i ], the deficit function wriggles up from −β to 0, and it cost the same to served the part by either buying power from the grid or using on-site generator (which incurs a turning-on cost).
Online Energy Generation Scheduling for Microgrids with Intermittent Energy Sources and Co-Generation
According to Theorem 3.6, we know that the writhe polynomial is essentially equivalent to the affine index polynomial (and the wriggle polynomial [?]).
A polynomial invariant of virtual links
The behavior of wriggle polynomial (which is equivalent to the affine index polynomial) under mutation is considered in [?].
A polynomial invariant of virtual links
Note that s pan(L) is exactly the absolute value of the wriggle number introduced in [?].
A polynomial invariant of virtual links
Fortunately we can wriggle out of this difficulty in most cases by analyzing the combinatorics of Pieri’s rule and by using conjugate symmetry of E xt groups (1.6.1).
A homological interpretation of Jantzen's sum formula
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