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
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.
The proposal is a key effort of Emanuel, who has repeatedly been rebuffed in other efforts to wring funding out the state to help struggling Chicago Public Schools.
The administration hand wringing over the Paris accord, which aims to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels, has been notably prolonged and notably public.
The irony is that this effort to wring every last drop of volume out of a CD creates discs that don't sound as loud on the radio.
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Origin and Etymology of wring
Middle English, from Old English wringan; akin to Old High German ringan to struggle, Lithuanian rengtis to bend down, Old English wyrgan to strangle — more at worry
First Known Use: before 12th century
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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