Definition of wring
1 : to squeeze or twist especially so as to make dry or to extract moisture or liquid wring a towel dry
2 : to extract or obtain by or as if by twisting and compressing wring water from a towel wring a confession from the suspect
3a : to twist so as to strain or sprain into a distorted shape I could wring your neckb : to twist together (clasped hands) as a sign of anguish
Examples of wring in a Sentence
I wrung the towel and hung it up to dry.
I wrung my hair and wrapped it in a towel.
Recent Examples of wring from the Web
And then there is the type wherein the writer seems to infuse living energy into words as the reader is spun, wrung, and hung out to dry.
Among other things, he was known for reading the humidity by wringing out a wet rag.
The woman then mimicked wringing the neck of Shkreli, who was sitting a dozen or so feet away, but likely couldn't hear her words to the judge, prosecutors and defense lawyers.
The drug could wring in more than $300 million in yearly sales by 2020, according to some analysts.
Beyond stepping up the pace of movies, the studio wrings revenue from a vast assortment of businesses, including merchandising, toys and theme-park rides.
Half the Internet is laughing, the other half is wringing its hands.
There are no fevered tweets, no hand-wringing on her behalf.
The unabashed drug warrior is now armed with a broad mandate to review departmental policies, and observers already worried about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ agenda are wringing their hands at Cook’s ascension.
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WRING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wring for English Language Learners
: to twist and squeeze (wet cloth, hair, etc.) to remove water
: to get (something) out of someone or something with a lot of effort
: to twist and break (an animal's neck) in order to kill the animal
WRING Defined for Kids
Definition of wring for Students
1 : to twist or press so as to squeeze out moisture Wring out your bathing suit.
2 : to get by or as if by twisting or pressing Police wrung a confession from the criminal.
3 : to twist with a forceful or violent motion He wrung the chicken's neck.
4 : to affect as if by wringing The bad news wrung our hearts.
5 : to twist (hands) together as a sign of anguish
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