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wring - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'wring' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Wring [ n.]
- A writhing, as in anguish; a twisting; a griping.
2 . Wring [ v. i.]
- To writhe; to twist, as with anguish.
3 . Wring [ v. t.]
- To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes in washing.
- Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture.
- To distort; to pervert; to wrest.
- 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.
- To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance.
- To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast.

Meaning of 'wring' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . wring [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a twisting squeeze
Example in sentence:
  • gave the wet cloth a wring
2 . wring [ v]
Meaning (2):
- obtain by coercion or intimidation
Example in sentence:
  • 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
Meaning (3):
- twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
Example in sentence:
  • Wring one's hand
Meaning (4):
- twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
Example in sentence:
  • wring the towels