• WordNet 3.6
    • v wring twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish "Wring one's hand"
    • v wring twist and press out of shape
    • v wring twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid "wring the towels"
    • v wring 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"
    • n wring a twisting squeeze "gave the wet cloth a wring"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wring A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.
    • Wring Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture. "Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune.""Didst thou taste but half the griefs
      That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly."
    • Wring (Naut) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast.
    • Wring To distort; to pervert; to wrest. "How dare men thus wring the Scriptures?"
    • Wring 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. "Your overkindness doth wring tears from me.""He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece."
    • Wring To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance. "To wring the widow from her 'customed right.""The merchant adventures have been often wronged and wringed to the quick."
    • Wring 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.""Wring him by the nose.""His steed] so sweat that men might him wring .""The king began to find where his shoe did wring him.""The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head."
    • v. i Wring To writhe; to twist, as with anguish. "'T is all men's office to speak patience
      To those that wring under the load of sorrow."
      "Look where the sister of the king of France
      Sits wringing of her hands, and beats her breast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wring To twist in the hands, as something flexible; twist or flex forcibly: as, to wring clothes after washing, to force out the water; to wring a friend's hand in cordial greeting: often with out.
    • wring To twist out of place, shape, or relation; bend or strain tortuously or twistingly: as, to wring a mast; to wring the neck of a chicken.
    • wring To turn or divert the course or purport of; distort; pervert.
    • wring To affect painfully by or as if by some contorting or compressing action or effect; torture; rack; distress; pain.
    • wring To force out, as a fluid, by twisting or contorting pressure; extract or obtain by or as if by a squeezing flexure; hence, to squeeze out in any way; extort: as, to wring water from clothes; to wring a reluctant consent from a person: often with out.
    • wring To free from a liquid by twisting or compression: as, to wring out clothes.
    • wring To writhe; twist about, as with anguish; squirm; suffer torture.
    • wring To pinch; pain.
    • wring To force one's way by pressure.
    • n wring A wringer or presser; a wine-press or cider-press.
    • n wring Action expressive of anguish; writhing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Wring ring to twist: to force, or force out, by twisting: to force or compress: to pain: to extort: to bend out of its position
    • v.i Wring to writhe: to twist:—pa.t. and pa.p. wrung, (B.) wringed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wringen, AS. wringan,; akin to LG. & D. wringen, OHG. ringan, to struggle, G. ringen, Sw. vränga, to distort, Dan. vringle, to twist. Cf. Wrangle Wrench Wrong


In literature:

We can strip now and wring out our clothes thoroughly.
"Won by the Sword" by G.A. Henty
And if I catch you in here again, I'll wring your neck like a roostah's.
"The Crisis, Complete" by Winston Churchill
MRS. MILLER (wringing her hands).
"Love and Intrigue A Play" by Friedrich Schiller
She followed closer than a shadow on his footsteps; no tortures could wring his secrets from her lips.
"The Battle Ground" by Ellen Glasgow
If I thought anybody would split, do you think I wouldn't wring his neck?
"The History of Pendennis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
She could not lie down, nor even sit still; she walked incessantly, wringing her hands, and groaning for news.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
Why, her father'll wring her neck when he finds it out.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
You must go secretly or they'll wring your neck.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
It wrung his heart to go, but he could not wring hers by staying.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then he hung his trousers and blouse in the dryers without wringing them (wringing, he had been told, wrinkled them).
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber

In poetry:

She moves her lips, but not a sound
Ripples the silent air;
She wrings her little hands, ah, me!
The sadness of despair!
"A Little Ghost" by Dame Mary Gilmore DBE
The pitiless order of things,
Whose laws we may change not nor break,
Alone I could face it—it wrings
My heart for your sake.
"Impotens" by Amy Levy
The only art her guilt to cover,
To hide her shame from every eye,
To give repentance to her lover,
And wring his bosom, is—to die.
"When Lovely Woman Stoops To Folly" by Oliver Goldsmith
No, no, I'll be
In fetters free;
While others they sit wringing
Their hands for pain,
I'll entertain
The wounds of love with singing.
"Hymn To Love" by Robert Herrick
The gems that gleam on the finger
Of her who is sleeping and cold,
But wring the hearts that linger.
And dream of the love they told.
"The Broken Heart" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
She pauses again and again on the floor,
Which the moonlight has brightened so mockingly o'er;
She wrings her cold hands with a groan of despair;
--"Oh, God! have compassion!--my darling is there!"
"Beechenbrook - II" by Margaret Junkin Preston

In news:

Google Under Pressure to Wring Sales From Mobile Users.
Law Firms Wring Costs From Back-Office Tasks.
CNN's O'Brien, Sununu wring fun from Medicare.
Twisting can wring out the toxins, tension.
From NCAA to NBA, one rule to wring them all.
Hounds from hell: Wring out your dead.
Wireless Device Might Wring Out Ringing in the Ears.
White House Gives the Pentagon a Wring .
There's Money to Wring Out of Old Contracts.
Every Joke You Can Wring From This "Guns N' Roses Ripping Off Ulrich Schnauss" Story Is Way Too Easy.
After Siena poll, hand- wringing .
Wringing the Most Out of Business Insurance.
Syria Creates Hand- Wringing , But No Intervention.
The industry can't avoid these regulations, so it should wring some positive benefits from them.
Frequent hand-wringing over the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback situation has struck a nerve with some.

In science:

In this paper, we further develop the theory of rack and quandle modules introduced in , in particular defining a tensor product ⊗X , the notion of a free X –module, and the rack algebra (or wring ) ZX .
Rack and quandle homology
For any rack X , we define the rack algebra (or wring ) ZX of X to be the free X –module on the singleton trunk map S : x 7→ {(∗)} .
Rack and quandle homology
Caves, Wringing out better Bell inequalities, Ann.
Full randomness from arbitrarily deterministic events
It’s not going to be easy to wring reliable predictions for galaxy-scale phenomena from the CDM model.
Dark Matter in Galaxies: Conference Summary