Definitions for: Wince

[n] a reflex response to sudden pain
[n] the facial expression of sudden pain
[v] make a face indicating disgust or dislike; "She winced when she heard his pompous speech"
[v] draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

Webster (1913) Definition: Wince, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Winced; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wincing.] [OE. wincen, winchen, OF. quencir, guenchir,
guenchier, giencier, guinchier, and (assumed) winchier,
winchir, to give way, to turn aside, fr. OHG. wankjan,
wenken, to give way, to waver, fr. winchan to turn aside, to
nod, akin to E. wink. See Wink.]
1. To shrink, as from a blow, or from pain; to flinch; to
start back.

I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word.

2. To kick or flounce when unsteady, or impatient at a rider;
as, a horse winces.

Wince, n.
The act of one who winces.

Wince, n. [See Winch.] (Dyeing & Calico Printing)
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

Wince pit, Wince pot, a tank or a pit where cloth in the
process of dyeing or manufacture is washed, dipped in a
mordant, or the like.

Synonyms: cringe, flinch, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch

See Also: facial expression, facial gesture, grimace, jump, make a face, move, pull a face, retract, shrink back, start, startle

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