• WordNet 3.6
    • v wince make a face indicating disgust or dislike "She winced when she heard his pompous speech"
    • v wince draw back, as with fear or pain "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"
    • n wince a reflex response to sudden pain
    • n wince the facial expression of sudden pain
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wince (Dyeing & Calico Printing) A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch. It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment. at will.
    • n Wince The act of one who winces.
    • Wince To kick or flounce when unsteady, or impatient at a rider; as, a horse winces .
    • Wince To shrink, as from a blow, or from pain; to flinch; to start back. "I will not stir, nor wince , nor speak a word."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wince To shrink, as in pain or from a blow; start back: literally or figuratively.
    • wince To kick.
    • wince To wriggle; twist and turn.
    • wince To fling by starting or kicking.
    • n wince The act of one who winces; an involuntary shrinking movement or tendency; a slight start back or aside, as from pain or to avoid pain.
    • n wince In dyeing, a simple hand-machine for changing a fabric from one dye-vat to another. It consists of a reel placed over the division between the vats. The fabric, placed over it and turned either way, is transferred from one dye to another. When several vats are placed in line, and contain dyes, mordants, soap-suds, water, etc., a wince or reel is placed between each two, and the combined apparatus becomes a wincing-machine. In such a machine the vats are called wince-pots or wince-pits. Also winch.
    • wince In dyeing, to immerse in the bath by turning the wince or winch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wince wins to shrink or start back: to be affected acutely, as by a sarcasm: to be restive, as a horse uneasy at its rider
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “A fly may sting a stately horse and make him wince; but one is but an insect, and the other is a horse still.”
  • Emily Dickinson
    “Will you tell me my fault, frankly as to yourself, for I had rather wince, than die. Men do not call the surgeon to commend the bone, but to set it, Sir.”
  • William Ernest Henley
    William Ernest Henley
    “In the fell clutch of circumstance, I have not winced nor cried aloud: Under the bludgeoning of chance my head is bloody, but unbowed.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wincen, winchen, OF. quencir, guenchir, guenchier, giencier, guinchier, and (assumedwinchier, winchir, to give way, to turn aside, fr. OHG. wankjan, wenken, to give way, to waver, fr. winchan, to turn aside, to nod, akin to E. wink,. See Wink
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. guinchir, ganchir, to wince—Old High Ger. wenkan (Ger. wanken), to wince. Allied to Eng. wink, and Ger. winken, to nod.


In literature:

Despite my self-control I winced.
"Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons" by Henry Charles Mahoney
If they are satisfied with the wincing Marquis, we have no reason to protest.
"Liberalism and the Social Problem" by Winston Spencer Churchill
She winced, for his hand was rough-palmed and strong.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
At any other time he would have winced with pain, but now he had no thought for himself.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
Michael looked up suddenly at the duke, and the elder man winced at the expression in his face.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
She stretched her limbs and winced at the pain in them.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
The construction of this wince is well shown in the drawings.
"The Dyeing of Woollen Fabrics" by Franklin Beech
Like most men of single outlook, whose dignity is their most precious possession, he winced from an edged tongue.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
Suvaroff fancied that he saw Minetti wince.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
But he saw no better, and he winced from the touch, of the gun-lock, for it was hot.
"First in the Field" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

Deem'st thou that no honour liveth
Save in haughty breasts like thine?
Think'st thou men, like dogs in spirit,
At such blows but wince and whine?
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
And though bomb be matched against bomb,
Though all mankind wince out and nothing endure —
Earth gone in an instant flare —
Did a lesser death come
"A Woman Unconscious" by Ted Hughes
The sun set late, and wafts of wind arose,
And cuffed the blossom from the blossoming quince;
Shatter red attar vials of the rose,
And made the clover wince.
"Spring Twilight" by Madison Julius Cawein
Lay aside your "dears,"
"Darlings," "kings," and "princes!"--
Call me knave, and dry your tears--
Nothing in me winces,--
Call me something low and base--
Something that will suit the case!
"A Variation" by James Whitcomb Riley
Poor Truth she stripp'd, as has been said,
And naked left the lovely maid,
Who, scorning from her cause to wince,
Has gone stark naked ever since,
And ever naked will appear,
Beloved by all who Truth revere.
"Truth And Falsehood. A Tale" by Matthew Prior
Fly, braggart Russ, for British steel
Has wrought a spell to make you feel
And fear the freeman's arm.
To make your serf-born courage wince;
Fly, bear along your baffled prince,
And shield him well from harm.
"Battle of The Alma" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

Ymani Wince, an MU student, shares her thoughts about the 2012 election.
The wince-worthy Joaquin Phoenix meltdown "I'm Still Here" is either all bull, no bull or partly bull.
Brewer Jay Wince says he hopes to have it up and running sometime this summer.
WINCE -SMITH: Candidates must focus on US competitiveness.
51 year old Kimberly Marie Wince of Smithville died Monday at DeKalb Community Hospital.
Monday's Edge: Let freedom wince .
Charles Jennings Wince , 94, of Parkersburg, WV died Saturday May 26, 2012 at his residence.
He was one of eleven children born to the late Harvey L and Cora Morris Wince .
Why we should wince over al-Awlaki's death.
'Atlas Shrugged,' and Some Faculty Members Wince .
Wincing instead of winning.
Wincing and wondering at Eric Stotik's vision.
Wincing while You Work.
When Gophers women's hockey coach Brad Frost is asked if Minnesota can go undefeated this season, he almost visibly winces as he shakes his head.
"I think we may have gotten a little tired in the fourth ," Coach Rod Turnbull winced.

In science:

Ahmed El Sha fie † , Ahmed Sultan∗ †Wireless Intelligent Networks Center (WINC), Nile University, Giza, Egypt. ∗Department of Electrical Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt.
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