What does writhe mean?

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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"


  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

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


  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.]

Anagrams for writhe »

  1. wither

  2. whiter

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  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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