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The Collaborative Dictionary

Wreathe \Wreathe\, v. i. To be intewoven or entwined; to twine together; as, a bower of wreathing trees. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
Wreathe \Wreathe\, v. t. [imp. Wreathed; p. p. Wreathed; Archaic Wreathen; p. pr. & vb. n. Wreathing.] [See Wreath, n.] [Written also wreath.] [1913 Webster]
To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And from so heavy sight his head did wreathe. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]
To twist; to convolve; to wind one about another; to entwine. [1913 Webster] The nods and smiles of recognition into which this singular physiognomy was wreathed. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] From his slack hand the garland wreathed for Eve Down dropped. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To surround with anything twisted or convolved; to encircle; to infold. [1913 Webster] Each wreathed in the other's arms. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Dusk faces with withe silken turbants wreathed. --Milton. [1913 Webster] And with thy winding ivy wreathes her lance. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
To twine or twist about; to surround; to encircle. [1913 Webster] In the flowers that wreathe the sparkling bowl, Fell adders hiss. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wreathe

Verb

1 move with slow, sinuous movements
2 encircle with or as if with a wreath; "Her face was wreathed with blossoms" [syn: wreath]
3 decorate or deck with wreathes; "wreathe the grave site"
4 form into a wreath [syn: wind]

English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To twist, curl or entwine something into a shape similar to a wreath
  2. To form a wreathlike shape around something
  3. To curl, writhe or spiral in the form of a wreath
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