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Wring \Wring\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrung, Obs. Wringed; p. pr. & vb. n. Wringing.] [OE. wringen, AS. wringan; akin to LG. & D. wringen, OHG. ringan to struggle, G. ringen, Sw. vr[aum]nga to distort, Dan. vringle to twist. Cf. Wrangle, Wrench, Wrong.] [1913 Webster]
To twist and compress; to turn and strain with violence; to writhe; to squeeze hard; to pinch; as, to wring clothes in washing. "Earnestly wringing Waverley's hand." --Sir W. Scott. "Wring him by the nose." --Shak. [1913 Webster] [His steed] so sweat that men might him wring. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The king began to find where his shoe did wring him. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The priest shall bring it [a dove] unto the altar, and wring off his head. --Lev. i.
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Hence, to pain; to distress; to torment; to torture. [1913 Webster] Too much grieved and wrung by an uneasy and strait fortune. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster] Didst thou taste but half the griefs That wring my soul, thou couldst not talk thus coldly. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
To distort; to pervert; to wrest. [1913 Webster] How dare men thus wring the Scriptures? --Whitgift. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] Your overkindness doth wring tears from me. --Shak. [1913 Webster] He rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece. --Judg. vi.
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To subject to extortion; to afflict, or oppress, in order to enforce compliance. [1913 Webster] To wring the widow from her 'customed right. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The merchant adventures have been often wronged and wringed to the quick. --Hayward. [1913 Webster]
(Naut.) To bend or strain out of its position; as, to wring a mast. [1913 Webster]
Wringing \Wring"ing\, a. & n. from Wring, v. [1913 Webster] Wringing machine, a wringer. See Wringer,
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  1. present participle of wring
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