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Definition to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
  • The patient writhed in pain.
writhed = moved in a twisting or contorted motion
  • She writhed on the sidewalk begging that someone call an ambulance.
  • writhed = moved in a twisting or contorted motion
  • studying how proteins writhe and bend when activated
  • The blue smoke-swallowed line curled and writhed like a snake stepped upon.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • And now again the music swells, and the dreams live, and writhe to and fro more merrily than ever,
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • writhe = move in a twisting motion
  • His body writhed in agony.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • writhed = twisted in an unnatural way
  • He lay on the ground, rolling this way and that, writhing in pain.
    Carl Deuker  --  Gym Candy
  • writhing = moving in a twisting or contorted motion
  • Her feet battered on the hay and she writhed to be free; and from under Lennie's hand came a muffled screaming.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • writhed = moved in a twisting motion
  • A knot of children was writhing on the ground.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Milkweed
  • writhing = moving in a twisting manner
  • Will's father noted the muscles cord along the arms, roping and unroping themselves with a writhe like the puff adders and sidewinders doubtless inked and venomous there.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Something Wicked This Way Comes
  • writhe = twisting or contorted motion
  • his writhing stick.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • writhing = moving in a twisting motion
  • 'Phil and I are going away. And we shan't untie you till you promise never, never to talk to us about blood and wounds unless we say you may. Come, Phil!'
      'You beast!' said Peter, writhing.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • writhing = moving in a twisting or contorted motion
  • He closed his eyes, and images from the Warden's cabin floated inside his head: her red fingernails, Mr. Sir writhing on the floor, her flowered makeup kit.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • writhing = twisting in an unnatural way
  • He managed to writhe over and hide his face against the wooden back of the settle.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • See our line across the plain, Like a heel-rope bent again, Reaching, writhing, rolling far, Sweeping all away to war!
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • Singer was on his side, struggling now to get up, growling and crying at the same time, writhing in pain, blood gushing onto the sand.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • "I wanted them to hang me," hoarsely cried Caldwell, writhing in Naab's grasp.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The dog did a somersault like a tossed pancake, lashed the air with its legs, and floundered on to its side, its body writhing in long convulsions.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
  • She pressed her hands against the blood, because that's what you were supposed to do, wasn't it, but he writhed and screamed in agony.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • You see what a hideous spectacle; the worm half-crushed, but writhing still.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons

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