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wince

wince

 
 
pronunciation:
wIns
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: winced, winces, wincing
definition: to shrink suddenly back or away, as from pain or distress; flinch.
The pain of the needle made him wince.The students winced when they heard their assignment.
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part of speech: noun
definition: the act of wincing.
The patient's wince made the nurse hesitate.
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derivations: wincingly (adv.), wincer (n.)
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