What does writhe mean?

Definitions for writhe
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. writhe, wrestle, wriggle, worm, squirm, twistverb

    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. writhenoun

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

  2. writheverb

    To twist, to wring (something).

  3. writheverb

    To contort (a part of the body).

  4. writheverb

    To twist or contort the body; to be distorted.

  5. Etymology: 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').

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Writheverb

    Etymology: wriðan , Saxon.

    It cannot be this weak and writhed shrimp
    Should strike such terror in his enemies. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Hatefulest disrelish writh’d their jaws
    With foot and cinders. John Milton.

    Her mouth she writh’d, her forehead taught to frown,
    Her eyes to sparkle fires to love unknown:
    Her sallow cheeks her envious mind did shew,
    And ev’ry feature spoke aloud the curstness of a shrew. Dry.

    Then Satan first knew pain,
    And writh’d him to and fro convolv’d. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Amid’ the plaited scales it took its course,
    And in the spinal marrow spent its force;
    The monster hiss’d aloud, and rag’d in vain,
    And writh’d his body to and fro with pain;
    He bit the dart. Addison.

    The reason which he yieldeth, sheweth the least part of his meaning to be that whereunto his words are writhed. Hook.

    The king of heav’n
    Bar’d his red arm, and launching from the sky
    His writhen bolt, not shaking empty smoke,
    Down to the deep abyss the flaming felon strook. Dryden.

  2. To Writheverb

    To be convolved with agony or torture.

    Let each be broken on the rack;
    Then, with what life remains, impaled, and left
    To writhe at leisure round the bloody stake. Addison.

Wikipedia

  1. Writhe

    In knot theory, there are several competing notions of the quantity writhe, or Wr {\displaystyle \operatorname {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 (or any closed simple curve) in three-dimensional space and assumes real numbers as values. In both cases, writhe is a geometric quantity, meaning that while deforming a curve (or diagram) in such a way that does not change its topology, one may still change its writhe.

ChatGPT

  1. writhe

    Writhe typically refers to making a continuous twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body, often due to discomfort, pain, or stress. It can also mean cause to twist or bend. In a metaphorical sense, it can describe struggling with a difficult situation or emotional state. It also has a specific definition in mathematics and knot theory, referring to a certain property of a mathematical knot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Writheverb

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

  2. Writheverb

    to wrest; to distort; to pervert

  3. Writheverb

    to extort; to wring; to wrest

  4. Writheverb

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

  5. Etymology: [OE. writhen, AS. wran to twist; akin to OHG. rdan, Icel. ra, Sw. vrida, Dan. vride. Cf. Wreathe, Wrest, Wroth.]

Wikidata

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Writhe

    rīth, v.t. to turn to and fro: to twist violently: to wrest: (obs.) to extort.—v.i. to twist.—n. (rare) a contortion.—adv. Wrī′thingly. [A.S. wríthan, to twist; Ice. rítha. Cf. Wreath, Wrest, Wrist.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of writhe in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of writhe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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