wry

Definitions

  • Miss Crocker made a wry face
    Miss Crocker made a wry face
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wry humorously sarcastic or mocking "dry humor","an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely","an ironic novel","an ironical smile","with a wry Scottish wit"
    • adj wry bent to one side "a wry neck"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wry Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place; as, wry words. "Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who never take up an old idea without some extravagance in its application."
    • v. t Wry To cover. "Wrie you in that mantle."
    • Wry To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve. "This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen .""How many
      Must murder wives much better than themselves
      For wrying but a little!"
    • v. t Wry To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. "Guests by hundreds, not one caring
      If the dear host's neck were wried ."
    • Wry To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind.
    • Wry Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth.
    • Wry Wrested; perverted. "He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wry To turn; bend; wind; twist or twine about, with or without change of place.
    • wry To swerve or go obliquely; go awry or astray; deviate from the right course, physically or morally.
    • wry To turn; twist aside.
    • wry To give a twist to; make wry; writhe; wring.
    • wry Figuratively, to pervert; alter.
    • wry Abnormally bent or turned to one side; in a state of contortion; twisted; distorted; askew.
    • wry Crooked; bent; not straight.
    • wry Devious in course or purpose; divaricating; aberrant; misdirected.
    • n wry A twisting about, or out of shape or course; distortion; a distorting effect.
    • wry To cover; clothe; cover up; cloak; hide.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Wry twisted or turned to one side: not in the right direction
    • n Wry (prov.) distortion
    • v.i Wry (Shak.) to go astray
    • v.t Wry to give a twist to, pervert
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to OE. wrien, to twist, to bend, AS. wrigian, to tend towards, to drive

Usage

In literature:

Smiling with a wry twist, he lowered the bowl, and on impulse of pure defiance he offered it to the skull that had chattered.
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
He professed to cure wens, wry-necks and hare-lips (died 1715).
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
At times he pressed his hands to his heart, and then he would make wry faces, trying hard to cry.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie
Once or twice the flaxdresser made a wry face, frowned, and turned to the women with a disappointed look.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 444" by Various
At length Weston turned to him with a wry smile.
"The Gold Trail" by Harold Bindloss
You'll make a wry face upon six-water grog, to-morrow, at seven bells.
"Peter Simple" by Frederick Marryat
He even made a wry face as he went on to answer the question put to him.
"Fred Fenton on the Crew" by Allen Chapman
Raymond heard in silence my account of the doings on the Atlantic shore: only a wry twist of the mouth and a flare of the nostrils.
"On the Stairs" by Henry B. Fuller
Their muscular and nervous systems rebelling, have induced much fidgeting and many wry faces.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
Opdyke made a wry face at the darkness.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
He drew the cork, held it first to one nostril, then to the other, made a wry face, recorked it, and returned it to the doctor.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Willie made a wry face.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
Then he smiled somewhat wry-facedly.
"Aunt Rachel" by David Christie Murray
With wry face I followed my guide.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
We had paid our pound of flesh whenever it was asked for, and with fewer wry faces, inasmuch as Brother Ham underwent the incision.
"The Writings of James Russell Lowell in Prose and Poetry, Volume V" by James Russell Lowell
Jimmy shrugged his shoulders, and made a wry face.
"Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay" by G. Harvey Ralphson
Their gestures, wry faces, and harmonious sobs, form a very ridiculous spectacle.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
Claerten's thought carried a wry echo.
"Wizard" by Laurence Mark Janifer (AKA Larry M. Harris)
As for him, he made a wry face.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
In so doing he bumped his head against the wall, and made a wry face: whereat she, who saw it, laughed.
"The Science of Fairy Tales" by Edwin Sidney Hartland
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In poetry:

Seek ye no peace who tread the night;
I felt above my head
Blowing the cloud's edge, faces wry
In pale fury spread.
"The Kelso Road" by Frank Prewett
But the coals were murmuring of their mine,
And moans down there
Of boys that slept wry sleep, and men
Writhing for air.
"Miners" by Wilfred Owen
And so you turned, pretending youth, courting
the girl as if you were a boy again,
leaving the wry cliffs to their erosion
and me to my observant solitude.
"Porth Ceiriad Bay" by Ben Jonson
Past we glide, and past, and past!
Why's the Pucci Palace flaring
Like a beacon to the blast?
Guests by hundreds, not one caring
If the dear host's neck were wried:
Past we glide!
"In A Gondola" by Robert Browning
When she sat at Joseph’s hand,
She looked against her side;
And either way from the short silk band
Her girdle was all wried.
Mary that all good may,
Bring us to thy Son’s way.
"A Christmas Carol" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
God gave you guts: don't let Him down;
Brace up, be worthy of His giving.
The road's a rut, the sky's a frown;
I know you're plumb fed up with living.
Fate birches you, and wry the rod . . .
Snap out, you fool! Don't let down God.
"Drifter" by Robert W Service

In news:

There's a wry sense of humor at work, like when he's asked about his band mate Gordon Moakes' recent fatherhood.
His first wife committed suicide while he was wri.
According to WRI, the biggest increases have occurred in the US Northwest, where the log export market has had a major impact on the supply-demand balance.
A sly, wry look at 'Body Awareness'.
Wry funny-woman headlines Mpls show.
Kvetcher in the wry Far be it from me to complain, but.
Bill Murray is a Wry FDR in First 'Hyde Park on Hudson' Trailer (Video).
Texas troubadour Hayes Carll makes wry , wise statements about life's many angles.
Patient's husband remembers her wry humor, last pain-filled weeks.
Pan Am Shuttle Takes A Wry Aim at Trump.
Just in time for Election Day comes "Democracy at Work," an amusing farce that takes a wry bite out of the campaign process, partisan politics, talk radio, the Internet and, yes, dentistry.
Andy Rooney, wry '60 Minutes' commentator , dies.
Davy Jones , the wry, height-challenged British singer from the Monkees, died of a heart attack Wednesday morning at the age of 66.
Lena Dunham and her "Girls" will be back for another season of wry musings about the state of modern urban femininity in January.
The race for best performance by an actress in a motion picture comedy or musical divided sharply along generational lines Thursday with wry.
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In science:

RI nσ wRI nσ c band Wannier orbital |wnσ (RI )(cid:105).
Correlation-induced corrections to the band structure of boron nitride: a wave-function-based approach
However, few technological achievements of “spherical wri st” exist today.
The eel-like robot
In order to simplify notation we denote by wi the fundamental reflections wri , where ri ∈ Π.
Non-expander Cayley graphs of simple groups
WLi , WRi ), of chiral and anti-chiral Weyl reflections around the enhanced symmetry points EM i ), generate a special (infinite order) subgroup of O(d, d, Z).
Target Space Duality in String Theory
Note that Lemma 1 gives that an arbitrary fixed point can be wri tten as wH for some w ∈ WG/WH .
Complex cobordism classes of homogeneous spaces
Let us wri te u for a(p, f0 ) and de fine w by uw = p.
Special values of L-functions and false Tate curve extensions II
Haf = − ~D1 · ~E (~x1 ) − ~D2 · ~E (~x2 ) is the interaction between the atoms and the cavity field, wri tten in the electric dipole approximation.
Effect of retardation on the dynamics of entanglement between atoms
In the Monte-Carlo approximation of the natural gradient (9), NESs replace f (xi )/λ with a ranking based weight wRi .
Theoretical foundation for CMA-ES from information geometric perspective
We notice that the update rules (1) and (2) in the CMA-ES are the same as (24) and (25) derived from natural gradient learning, except that the CMA-ES uses ranking-based weights wRi instead of raw fitness values f (xi )/λ and employs different learning rates for m and C.
Theoretical foundation for CMA-ES from information geometric perspective
In other words, when using a common value ηm = ηC = η and assigning wRi = f (xi )/λ for every iteration, the rank-µ only CMA-ES updates the distribution parameters along the sampled natural gradient of the expected fitness.
Theoretical foundation for CMA-ES from information geometric perspective
Active-CMA-ES was proposed to reduce covariance adaptation time by reducing actively the elements of the covariance matrix corresponding to unsuccessful search directions and is implemented by using weights wRi that are possibly negative and sum up to zero, whereas they are nonnegative and sum up to one in the CMA-ES.
Theoretical foundation for CMA-ES from information geometric perspective
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