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WINCE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wince mean? 

WINCE (noun)
  The noun WINCE has 2 senses:

1. the facial expression of sudden pain
2. a reflex response to sudden pain

  Familiarity information: WINCE used as a noun is rare.


WINCE (verb)
  The verb WINCE has 2 senses:

1. draw back, as with fear or pain
2. make a face indicating disgust or dislike

  Familiarity information: WINCE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WINCE (noun)


Sense 1wince [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The facial expression of sudden pain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("wince" is a kind of...):

facial expression; facial gesture (a gesture executed with the facial muscles)


Sense 2wince [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A reflex response to sudden pain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

flinch; wince

Hypernyms ("wince" is a kind of...):

jump; start; startle (a sudden involuntary movement)


WINCE (verb)


Sense 1wince [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw back, as with fear or pain

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

recoil; quail; funk; flinch; cringe; wince; shrink; squinch

Context example:

she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf

Hypernyms (to "wince" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wince"):

retract; shrink back (pull away from a source of disgust or fear)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 2wince [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a face indicating disgust or dislike

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Context example:

She winced when she heard his pompous speech

Hypernyms (to "wince" is one way to...):

grimace; make a face; pull a face (contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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