Definitions of wring

  1. Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
  2. To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
  3. To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
  4. To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast.
  5. 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.
  6. To twist; to turn and strain; compress; as, to wring clothes in washing; to extort or get by force; as, to wring a confession from a criminal; to give pain to as if by twisting; as, her sad story wrings my heart.
  7. To twist: to force by twisting: to force or compress: to pain: to extort: to bend out of its position.
  8. To twist; force by twisting; compress; pain; extort.
  9. To compress or squeeze out by twisting; to extort; torture.
  10. To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
  11. To writhe: to twist:- pa. t. and pa. p. wrung, ( B.) wringed.
  12. twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; " Wring one's hand"
  13. twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid; " wring the towels"
  14. To wrest from an unwilling person by physical force, menace, duress, torture, or any undue or illegal exercise of power or ingenuity; to wrench away ( from); to tear away; to wring ( from); to exact; as, to extort contributions from the vanquished; to extort confessions of guilt; to extort a promise; to extort payment of a debt.
  15. To twist; to turn and strain; to squeeze; to press; to force by twisting; to writhe; to distress; to press with pain; to distort; to pervert; to persecute with extortion; to bend or strain out of its position. To wring off, to force off or separate by wringing. To wring out, to force out; to squeeze out by twisting; to free from water by wringing. To wring from, to force from by violence; to extort.
  16. To turn and strain forcibly; to force by twisting; to squeeze; to harass; to press with extreme pain; to distort; to persecute with extortion; to bend or strain out of its usual position.
  17. Wringing.
  18. A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.
  19. Wringer.
  20. Action of anguish.
  21. A forcible twist.