• WordNet 3.6
    • v writhe 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"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Writhe To extort; to wring; to wrest. "The nobility hesitated not to follow the example of their sovereign in writhing money from them by every species of oppression."
    • v. i Writhe To twist or contort the body; to be distorted; as, to writhe with agony. Also used figuratively. "After every attempt, he felt that he had failed, and writhed with shame and vexation."
    • Writhe To twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring. "With writhing turning] of a pin.""Then Satan first knew pain,
      And writhed him to and fro."
      "Her mouth she writhed , her forehead taught to frown.""His battle- writhen arms, and mighty hands."
    • Writhe To wrest; to distort; to pervert. "The reason which he yieldeth showeth the least part of his meaning to be that whereunto his words are writhed ."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • writhe To turn and twist about; twist out of shape or position; wrench; contort.
    • writhe To wrest perversely; wrest; pervert.
    • writhe To wrench; wring; extort.
    • writhe To move or stir in a twisting or tortuous manner; twist about, as from pain, distress, or stimulation.
    • n writhe A contortion of form or features, as from pain or other emotion; an act of writhing.
    • n writhe The band of a fagot.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Writhe rīth to turn to and fro: to twist violently: to wrest:
    • v.i Writhe to twist
    • n Writhe (rare) a contortion
    • v.t Writhe rīth (obs.) to extort
    • ***


  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Singular indeed that the people should be writhing under oppression and injury, and yet not one among them to be found, to raise the voice of complaint.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. writhen, AS. wrīan, to twist; akin to OHG. rīdan, Icel. rīa, Sw. vrida, Dan. vride,. Cf. Wreathe Wrest Wroth
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wríthan, to twist; Ice. rítha. Cf. Wreath, Wrest, Wrist.


In literature:

It began to rise with violent writhings of the rope.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
It was the writhing body of a man.
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
The stuff writhes around and grows all the time.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
See, it is writhing there on the snow!
"The Blue Wall" by Richard Washburn Child
In an instant the meadow-born Brook writhed in pain, pressed on by thousands of Mountain-Torrents every way at once.
"The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851" by Various
How many of your playmates has he stuck through with pins, upon which they are now writhing!
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348" by Various
During this pause Bob was writhing on his chair like a worm, his face concealed by his hands, his elbows on his knees.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
Now it opened out in little jerking movements, extending itself about two feet at each writhing twitch.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The Emperor writhed, for he knew that this was true.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
She writhed and struggled in his clasp.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

"Look thou behind." I look'd, and far away
My evil angel stood,
And in his heart in knotted coilings lay
The serpent's writhing brood.
"The Two Angels" by Alexander Anderson
Nay, I but dream. The sky is all forlorn,
And there's the plain of battle writhing red:
God pity them, the women-folk who mourn!
How happy are the dead!
"The Mourners" by Robert W Service
Husht grows the grove, the summer leaf
Trembles and writhes, as if in pain,
And then the sky, o'ercharged with grief,
Bursts into drenching tears of rain.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
"Ha, ha!" he said, "you loathe your ways,
You writhe at these my words of warning,
In agony your hands you raise."
(And so they did, for they were yawning.)
"Sir Macklin" by William Schwenck Gilbert
See every earthly thing your life is woven round,
Fall, drop by drop, until your heart is sieved!
Go mad and writhe, and moan upon the ground,
And curse, and die, and say that you have prayed and lived!
"Consolance" by Madge Morris Wagner
All worthies are not sung in song.
That live their lives and do their deeds
Where wounded nature writhes and bleeds
Beneath the savage blows of wrong;
From humble duties tender grown,
The truest heroes are unknown.
"Truest Heroes Are Unknown" by Freeman Edwin Miller

In news:

But I'm neither athletic enough nor brave enough to attempt doing it, because I know I would just end up face down, writhing in pain.
One fat fisherman tore the fin off a fish and ate it while it was still writhing.
Did anyone actually end up writhing on the floor.
Live shark writhing on golf course likely fell from sky.
At three in the morning, I saw her drunk, writhing around on this fat guy.
Backup point guard Jeremy Pargo heard his name called as Mike Conley lay writhing in pain near the Grizzlies' bench.
Does she have snakes writhing from her head.
So here is some video that my wife took while I writhed in pain but be warned its all bloody and gross.
Writhing in the mud and blood with ' Valhalla Rising'.
Writhing and rocking at Verizon.
To the "Three R's" Add One More: Writhing .
Writhing in the mud and blood with 'Valhalla Rising'.
Bruce Walker watched Saturday as Justin Britt writhed in pain, struggling to get off the ground.
Carmelo Anthony writhes but escapes serious injury.
It may not be dead, and it's entirely possible I'm shoveling dirt on something that's still writhing around, promising me it is in fact the next big thing, but I'm now deaf to its cries.

In science:

It is sufficient to show that the writhe polynomial is invariant under all Reidemeister moves in long flat virtual knot theory.
A polynomial invariant of virtual links
Obviously for any other chord c, the triple {w(c), o(c), I (c)} is preserved, it follows that the writhe polynomial is invariant under Ω1a .
A polynomial invariant of virtual links
Hence their contributions to the writhe polynomial will be canceled.
A polynomial invariant of virtual links
On the other hand since they have the same orientation but different writhes, the triple {w(c), o(c), I (c)} for any other chord c is invariant.
A polynomial invariant of virtual links
Therefore the writhe polynomial is also preserved under Ω2a .
A polynomial invariant of virtual links