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verb (used with object), wrung, wring·ing.
  1. to twist forcibly: He wrung the chicken's neck.
  2. to twist and compress, or compress without twisting, in order to force out water or other liquid (often followed by out): to wring clothes.
  3. to extract or expel by twisting or compression (usually followed by out or from).
  4. to affect painfully by or as if by some contorting or compressing action.
  5. to clasp tightly with or without twisting: to wring one's hands in pain.
  6. to force (usually followed by off) by twisting.
  7. to extract or get by forceful effort or means (often followed by out).
verb (used without object), wrung, wring·ing.
  1. to perform the action of wringing something.
  2. to writhe, as in anguish.
noun
  1. a wringing; forcible twist or squeeze.

Origin of wring

before 900; Middle English wringen, Old English wringan; cognate with German ringen to wrestle
Related formsout·wring, verb (used with object), out·wrung, out·wring·ing.
Can be confusedring wring
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Examples from the Web for wringing

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  • Never, never, wringing her hands, should she meet with a mistress she loved so well.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Not unto me the strength be ascribed; not unto me the wringing of the expiation!'

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • This one,' he added, wringing his hand again, 'that will be lost through me.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • "You must go back the way you came," said the monkey, wringing the tears from its handkerchief.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam

  • Swan pushed back from the table, wringing the coffee from his mustache.


British Dictionary definitions for wringing

wring

verb wrings, wringing or wrung
  1. (often foll by out) to twist and compress to squeeze (a liquid) from (cloth, etc)
  2. (tr) to twist forciblywring its neck
  3. (tr) to clasp and twist (one's hands), esp in anguish
  4. (tr) to distresswring one's heart
  5. (tr) to grip (someone's hand) vigorously in greeting
  6. (tr) to obtain by or as if by forceful meanswring information out of
  7. (intr) to writhe with or as if with pain
  8. wringing wet soaking; drenched
noun
  1. an act or the process of wringing

Word Origin

Old English wringan; related to Old High German ringan (German wringen), Gothic wrungō snare. See wrangle, wrong
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Word Origin and History for wringing

wring

v.

Old English wringan "press, strain, wring, twist" (class III strong verb; past tense wrang, past participle wrungen), from Proto-Germanic *wrenganan (cf. Old English wringen "to wring, press out," Old Frisian wringa, Middle Dutch wringhen, Dutch wringen "to wring," Old High German ringan "to move to and fro, to twist," German ringen "to wrestle"), from PIE *wrengh- "to turn," nasalized variant of *wergh- "to turn," from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus).

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