• WordNet 3.6
    • n wreath flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes
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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
    • Wreath A garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a victor. "Conquest doth grant
      He dear wreath to the Grecian combatant."
      "Far back in the ages,
      The plow with wreaths was crowned."
    • Wreath (Her) An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest (see Illust. of Crest). It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the arms.
    • Wreath Something twisted, intertwined, or curled; as, a wreath of smoke; a wreath of flowers. "A wrethe of gold.""He] of his tortuous train
      Curled many a wanton wreath ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wreath A twisted band; something twisted, as a flowering branch, into a circular form; especially, a sort of crown made of natural or artificial flowers sewed to a stem, or of thin metal-work, filigree, or the like; a garland; a chaplet.
    • n wreath In heraldry:
    • n wreath A garland or diadem for the head. A chaplet of flowers or leaves, the general character being described in the blazon.
    • n wreath The tail of a wild boar: mentioned in the blazon only when of a different tincture from the rest of the bearing.
    • n wreath Something resembling a twisted band; something narrow, long, and circular, of slightly irregular outline.
    • n wreath A defect in glass, consisting of a wavy appearance, due to want of uniform density. This defect is most common in flint-glass.
    • n wreath The trochal disk of a rotifer with its fringe of cilia. See cuts under Rotifera and trochal.
    • wreath See wreathe.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wreath rēth a chaplet: a garland: anything long and circular: a defect in glass
    • v.i Wreath to be interwoven
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  • John Milton
    “A crown, golden in show is but a wreath of thorns.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wrethe, AS. wrǣð, a twisted band, fr. wrīðan, to twist. See Writhe


In literature:

Scarcely two minutes had passed ere he began to gather flowers and twine them into a wreath.
"Roumanian Fairy Tales" by Various
As each wreath was taken off the clusters were partly separated with the stone knife.
"Eighth Annual Report" by Various
The roasted stag gracing the table had gold bands on his hoofs, and flowers wreathed his horns.
"Northland Heroes" by Florence Holbrook
Mrs. Coblenz stooped, recovering the wreath.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
But what distinguished the youth more than anything else was a large umbrageous wreath on the top of his head.
"A Hungarian Nabob" by Maurus Jókai
Why, a wreath o' parsley!
"Brother Copas" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
We make it look festive with wreaths and bunting.
"A College Girl" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Have you ever looked into your hearts, in that fashion, and seen the wreathing smoke and the flashing fire there?
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Soon great wreaths of heavy white smoke rose above the forest, in and around Kemmendine, shutting out all view.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
The day she comes I'm going to take the girls ovah to Rollington to get some long sprays of bride's wreath.
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston

In poetry:

Love, by this Name I sing, and breathe
A fresh, mysterious air.
By this I innocently wreathe
New garlands for my hair.
"The Name" by Anna Hempstead Branch
Aye, be it thus, and ever may
This lovely wreath, as now—
Emblem of every precious gift—
Be fit to deck thy brow.
"To A Beautiful Child On Her Birthday With A Wreath Of Flowers" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
True as in life, no poor disguise
Of death with her is seen,
And on her simple casket lies
No wreath of bloom and green.
"The Friend’s Burial" by John Greenleaf Whittier
No fragrant crown from Eden's bow'rs
Is giv'n into my hand;
Only a wreath of with'ring flowers,
Cull'd in this desert land.
"On Recovering From Sickness" by Caroline Oliphant
But brief the reign of twilight,
The night came quickly on;
The dark brow o'er the mountains,
Star-wreathed, brightly shone.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan
When I woke—oh! I clasped them again,
But ah! all their beauty was o'er,
And I sought for a fresh wreath in vain;
I could meet with those flowers no more!
"Too Soon" by Ernest Jones

In news:

National CAP offices will participate in Wreaths Across America ceremonies across the nation.
A series of hands-on wreath--making workshops will be held in South Charleston and Milton next month.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County is offering two workshops on holiday wreath making in early December at its office on Main Street in Mexico.
See how to safely secure them in a wreath for your home.
Roscow Cole House- Hunter Curry created this large Dela robia style wreath to accent the large façade of the brick house.
President Obama stands during a moment of silence before placing a commemorative wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.
The program honoring all who have served their country will feature a joint posting of colors, placement of wreaths, a salute to veterans and more.
Glen Mellor of Shreve helped to carry the wreath during the Pearl Harbor Day celebration at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster on Friday.
One cow from each owner's herd is chosen to be the Kranzkuh (wreath cow ) and wears an especially elaborate headdress.
The event offered everything from Christmas wreaths, jewelry, pottery, paintings, and much more.
Handprint Thanksgiving Wreath Craft Idea courtesy of AmazingMoms: Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids.
I've got several and my cousin in Georgia shared a picture of a wreath her mom made in honor of their graduating son/grandson.
Those wreaths and about 20 newly decorated pieces will be installed on light poles throughout the city beginning the week before Thanksgiving.
Spielberg and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin delivered remarks and participated in a wreath-laying ceremony.
Wreaths are $30 for orders received by November 28.

In science:

The complete monomial group G ≀ Sn is the wreath product of the group G with the symmetric group Sn .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Now consider the wreath product G ≀ S(n) , which is a subgroup of G ≀ Sn .
Random walks on wreath products of groups
Dyubina, Characteristics of random walks on wreath product of groups, Zapiski Sem.
Drift and entropy growth for random walks on groups
Because Wr,n is the wreath product Z/rZ ≀ Sn , its ordinary irreducible representations are indexed by r-tuples of partitions of n.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
Wreath decompositions of finite permutation groups.
Transitive simple subgroups of wreath products in product action