What does wring mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squeeze, wringverb

    a twisting squeeze

    "gave the wet cloth a wring"

  2. contort, deform, distort, wringverb

    twist and press out of shape

  3. wring, wrenchverb

    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish

    "Wring one's hand"

  4. extort, squeeze, rack, gouge, wringverb

    obtain by coercion or intimidation

    "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"

  5. wringverb

    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid

    "wring the towels"


  1. wringverb

    To squeeze or twist tightly so that liquid is forced out.

    You must wring your wet jeans before hanging them out to dry.

  2. wringverb

    To obtain by force.

    The police said they would wring the truth out of that heinous criminal.

  3. wringverb

    To hold tightly and press or twist.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To WRINGverb

    preter. and part. pass. wringed and wrung.

    Etymology: wringan , Saxon.

    The priest shall wring off his head, and burn it on the altar. Lev. i. 15.

    He thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of it, a bowl full of water. Judg. vi. 38.

    The dregs all the wicked shall wring out and drink. Ps. lxxv.

    The figure of a sturdy woman, done by Michael Angelo, washing and winding of linen cloths; in which act she wrings out the water that made the fountain. Henry Wotton.

    Apply mild detergents on pledgets of lint over it, with a compress wrung out. Richard Wiseman.

    In sleep I heard him say, sweet Desdemona,
    Let us be wary, let us hide our loves!
    And then, sir, would he gripe and wring my hand. William Shakespeare.

    The silly owner of the goods
    Weeps over them, and wrings his hapless hands. William Shakespeare.

    The king began to find where his shoe did wring him, and that it was his depressing the house of York that did rankle and fester the affections of his people. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    If he had not been too much grieved, and wrung by an uneasy and streight fortune, he would have been an excellent man of business. Edward Hyde.

    I had rather coin my heart,
    And drop my blood for drachma’s, than to wring
    From the hard hands of peasants their vile trash
    By any indirection. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Who can be bound by any solemn vow
    To wring the widow from her custom’d right,
    And have no other reason for his wrong,
    But that he was bound by a solemn oath? William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    That which I must speak,
    Must either punish me, not being believ’d,
    Or wring redress from you. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Measure.

    Thirty spies,
    Threatening cruel death, constrain’d the bride
    To wring from me, and tell to them my secret. John Milton.

    He dives into the king’s soul, and there scatters
    Doubts, dangers, wringing of the conscience,
    Fear and despair, and all these for his marriage. William Shakespeare.

    Pleasure enchants, impetuous rage transports,
    And grief dejects and wrings the tortur’d soul. Wentworth Dillon.

    Did’st thou taste but half the griefs
    That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly. Add.

    To wring this sentence, to wrest thereby out of men’s hands the knowledge of God’s doctrine, is without all reason. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    Lord, how dare these men thus wring the scriptures? John Whitgift.

    The merchant-adventurers have been often wronged and wringed to the quick; but were never quick and lively in thanks to those by whose endeavours they were freed. John Hayward.

  2. To Wringverb

    To writhe with anguish.

    ’Tis all men’s office to speak patience
    To those that wring under the load of sorrow;
    But no man’s virtue nor sufficiency,
    To be so moral, when he shall endure
    The like himself. William Shakespeare, Much Ado about Nothing.


  1. wring

    To wring means to twist, squeeze, or compress forcefully, often to extract liquid from something. It can also mean to extract or obtain something with difficulty or to cause someone to feel severe emotional distress.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wringverb

    to twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes in washing

  2. Wringverb

    hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture

  3. Wringverb

    to distort; to pervert; to wrest

  4. Wringverb

    to extract or obtain by twisting and compressing; to squeeze or press (out); hence, to extort; to draw forth by violence, or against resistance or repugnance; -- usually with out or form

  5. Wringverb

    to subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance

  6. Wringverb

    to bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast

  7. Wringverb

    to writhe; to twist, as with anguish

  8. Wringnoun

    a writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping

  9. Etymology: [OE. wringen, AS. wringan; akin to LG. & D. wringen, OHG. ringan to struggle, G. ringen, Sw. vrnga to distort, Dan. vringle to twist. Cf. Wrangle, Wrench, Wrong.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wring

    ring, v.t. to twist: to force, or force out, by twisting: to force or compress: to pain: to extort: to bend out of its position.—v.i. to writhe: to twist:—pa.t. and pa.p. wrung, (B.) wringed.—ns. Wring′-bolt, a bolt with a ring or eye, used to secure a ship's planks against the frame till they are permanently fixed in place; Wring′er, one who wrings: a machine for forcing water from wet clothes—also Wring′ing-machine′.—adj. Wring′ing-wet, so wet that water can be wrung out.—n.pl. Wring′-staves, strong pieces of wood used in applying wring-bolts.—Wring from, to extort; Wring off, to force off by wringing; Wring out, to squeeze out by twisting; Wring the hands, to manifest grief by convulsive clasping of the hands. [A.S. wringan, to twist; Dut. wringen, Ger. ringen. Cf. Wreak, Wry.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WRING

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wring is ranked #93513 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wring surname appeared 196 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wring.

    69.9% or 137 total occurrences were White.
    25% or 49 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.5% or 5 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wring in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wring in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wring in a Sentence

  1. Nick Papageorge:

    We need to understand these differences because we can wring our hands, and we can blame and shame, but in a way it doesn’t matter, policymakers just need to recognize who is going to socially distance, for how long, why and under what circumstances to give us accurate predictions of how the disease will spread and help us establish policies that will be useful.

  2. Joseph Dunford:

    So, I think for all of us, we should give Secretary Tillerson full support in attempting to resolve this diplomatically and economically, even as we recognize that it may not happen, and there may have to be a follow-up option, which is the military option, we can wring our hands and say it will never happen, or we can roll up our sleeves and make an effort to have a concerted economic and diplomatic plan that does cause KJU, Kim Jong Un, to come to the table and begin to have a conversation, at least stop the path that he’s on right now, which is further development of intercontinental ballistic missiles and nuclear capability. And to me it makes all the sense in the world to prove the theory of the case and to work this for a few more months.

  3. Patrick Rothfuss:

    Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.

  4. Lucinda Creighton:

    The tech companies basically don't see this as a priority, they wring their hands, they say this is terrible, but what they're not doing is preventing this from reappearing.

  5. Mitch Landrieu:

    The President says,' Look, I can't sit in my office and turn a dial and move gas down. I can't sit in my office and move inflation,' but what I can do is ask Congress and my team to help me reduce everybody's cost in other areas and wring efficiencies out of the system. That's where the infrastructure bill comes into play.

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