Wince meaning

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To wince is to make a grimace or twist your face, often involuntary done in anticipation of pain.

An example of wince is the face you make just before you get a shot by the doctor.

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To shrink or draw back slightly, usually with a grimace, as in pain, embarrassment, alarm, etc.
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To shrink or start involuntarily, as in pain or distress; flinch.
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A shrinking or startled movement or gesture.
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A roller used between dyeing vats to facilitate the transfer of pieces of cloth.
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A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch. It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment at will.
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(intransitive) To flinch as if in pain or distress.
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To wash (cloth), dip it in dye, etc., with the use of a wince.
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A horse winces.

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The act or an instance of wincing.
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Origin of wince

  • Middle English wincen to kick from Old North French wencier variant of Old French guencir of Germanic origin
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition