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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To twist or entwine into a wreath.
  • transitive v. To twist or curl into a wreathlike shape or contour.
  • transitive v. To crown, decorate, or encircle with or as if with a wreath.
  • transitive v. To coil or curl.
  • transitive v. To form a wreath or wreathlike shape around.
  • intransitive v. To assume the form of a wreath.
  • intransitive v. To curl, writhe, or spiral: The smoke wreathed upward.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To twist, curl or entwine something into a shape similar to a wreath
  • v. To form a wreathlike shape around something
  • v. To curl, writhe or spiral in the form of a wreath
  • v. To turn violently aside or around; to wrench.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn.
  • transitive v. To twist; to convolve; to wind one about another; to entwine.
  • transitive v. To surround with anything twisted or convolved; to encircle; to infold.
  • transitive v. To twine or twist about; to surround; to encircle.
  • intransitive v. To be intewoven or entwined; to twine together.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To twist; form by twisting.
  • To writhe; contort; distort.
  • To form into a wreath; adjust as a wreath or circularly; cause to pass about something.
  • To form or make by intertwining; also, to twist together or intertwine; combine, as several things into one, by twisting and intertwining.
  • To surround with a wreath or with anything twisted or twined; infold; twist, twine, or fold round.
  • To form or become a wreath about; encircle.
  • To take the form of a wreath; hence, to mingle or interlace, as two or more things with one another.
  • In milling, to hug the eye of the millstone so closely as to retard or prevent its descent: said of flour or meal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. form into a wreath
  • v. move with slow, sinuous movements
  • v. decorate or deck with wreaths


From wreath.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Partly a back-formation of wreathen (past participle of writhe), and partly from wreath. (Wiktionary)


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