Definitions for: Wrinkle


[n] a slight depression in the smoothness of a surface; "his face has many lines"; "ironing gets rid of most wrinkles"
[v] become wrinkled or crumpled or creased; "This fabric won't wrinkle"
[v] make wrinkled or creased; "furrow one's brow"
[v] make wrinkles or creases into a smooth surface; "The dress got wrinkled"
[v] gather or contract into wrinkles or folds; pucker; "purse ones's lips"



Webster (1913) Definition: Wrin"kle, n.
A winkle. [Local, U. S.]


Wrin"kle, n. [OE. wrinkil, AS. wrincle; akin to OD.
wrinckel, and prob. to Dan. rynke, Sw. rynka, Icel. hrukka,
OHG. runza, G. runzel, L. ruga. ????.]
1. A small ridge, prominence, or furrow formed by the
shrinking or contraction of any smooth substance; a
corrugation; a crease; a slight fold; as, wrinkle in the
skin; a wrinkle in cloth. ``The wrinkles in my brows.''
--Shak.

Within I do not find wrinkles and used heart, but
unspent youth. --Emerson.

2. hence, any roughness; unevenness.

Not the least wrinkle to deform the sky. --Dryden.

3. [Perhaps a different word, and a dim. AS. wrenc a
twisting, deceit. Cf. Wrench, n.] A notion or fancy; a
whim; as, to have a new wrinkle. [Colloq.]


Wrin"kle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrinkled; p. pr. & vb.
n. Wrinkling.]
1. To contract into furrows and prominences; to make a
wrinkle or wrinkles in; to corrugate; as, wrinkle the skin
or the brow. ``Sport that wrinkled Care derides.''
--Milton.

Her wrinkled form in black and white arrayed.
--Pope.

2. Hence, to make rough or uneven in any way.

A keen north wind that, blowing dry, Wrinkled the
face of deluge, as decayed. --Milton.

Then danced we on the wrinkled sand. --Bryant.

To wrinkle at, to sneer at. [Obs.] --Marston.


Wrin"kle, v. i.
To shrink into furrows and ridges.

Synonyms: crease, crease, crease, crinkle, crinkle, crinkle, crisp, crumple, furrow, furrow, line, purse, ruckle, rumple, scrunch, scrunch up, seam

See Also: cockle, contract, crow's feet, crow's foot, crumple, cutis, depression, dermatoglyphic, fold, fold, fold up, fold up, heart line, impression, imprint, knit, laugh line, life line, lifeline, line of destiny, line of fate, line of heart, line of life, line of Saturn, love line, mensal line, pucker, ruck, ruck up, rumple, skin, tegument, turn up

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