Pronunciation: (rī&thslash;), [key]
—v., writhed, writh•ing,
1. to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.
2. to shrink mentally, as in acute discomfort.
1. to twist or bend out of shape or position; distort; contort.
2. to twist (oneself, the body, etc.) about, as in pain.
a writhing movement; a twisting of the body, as in pain.
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