Definitions for writheraɪð

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

writheraɪð(v.; n.)writhed, writh•ing

  1. (v.i.)to twist the body about, as in pain or effort.

  2. to suffer acute embarrassment.

  3. (v.t.)to twist or bend out of shape or position; contort.

  4. to twist (oneself, the body, etc.) about, as in pain.

  5. (n.)a twisting of the body, as in pain.

Origin of writhe:

bef. 900; ME; OE wrīthan to twist, wind, c. OHG rīdan, ON rītha; akin to wreath

writh′ing•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twist(verb)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. writhe(Noun)

    The number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot

  2. writhe(Verb)

    To twist, to wring (something).

  3. writhe(Verb)

    To contort (a part of the body).

  4. writhe(Verb)

    To twist or contort the body; to be distorted.

  5. Origin: writhen, from wriþan, from wrīþanan 'to twist, turn' (cf. Old High German rīdan 'to turn', Old Norse ríða 'to wind'), from (compare Lithuanian riēsti 'to unbend, wind, roll').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Writhe(verb)

    to twist; to turn; now, usually, to twist or turn so as to distort; to wring

  2. Writhe(verb)

    to wrest; to distort; to pervert

  3. Writhe(verb)

    to extort; to wring; to wrest

  4. Writhe(verb)

    to twist or contort the body; to be distorted; as, to writhe with agony. Also used figuratively

Freebase

  1. Writhe

    In knot theory, there are several competing notions of the quantity writhe, or Wr. In one sense, it is purely a property of an oriented link diagram and assumes integer values. In another sense, it is a quantity that describes the amount of "coiling" of a mathematical knot in three-dimensional space and assumes real numbers as values. In both cases, writhe is a geometric quantity, meaning that while deforming a curve in such a way that does not change its topology, one may still change its writhe.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

writhe(verb)

to twist violently to and fro, especially in pain or discomfort

to writhe in agony; She writhed about when I tickled her.

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