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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wince1 /wɪns/USA pronunciation   v., winced, winc•ing, n. 

v. [no object]
  1. to draw back or move away, as from a blow;
    flinch:I winced as the nurse injected the serum in my arm.

n. [countable]
  1. a wincing movement.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
wince1  (wins), 
v., winced, winc•ing, n. 

  1. to draw back or tense the body, as from pain or from a blow;

  1. a wincing or shrinking movement;
    a slight start.
  • Gmc. Cf. wench, winch1
  • Anglo-French *wenc(h)ier; Old French guenc(h)ier
  • Middle English winsen, variant of winchen, wenchen to kick 1250–1300
wincer, n. 
wincing•ly, adv. 
wincing•ness, n. 
1 . blench, quail. Wince, recoil, shrink, quail all mean to draw back from what is dangerous, fearsome, difficult, threatening, or unpleasant. Wince suggests an involuntary contraction of the facial features triggered by pain, embarrassment, or a sense of revulsion:to wince as a needle pierces the skin; to wince at coarse language.Recoil denotes a physical movement away from something disgusting or shocking or a similar psychological shutting out or avoidance:to recoil from contact with a slimy surface; to recoil at the squalor and misery of the slum.Shrink may imply a fastidious or scrupulous avoidance of the distasteful or it may suggest cowardly withdrawal from what is feared:to shrink from confessing a crime; to shrink from going into battle.Quail suggests a loss of heart or courage in the face of danger or difficulty;
it sometimes suggests trembling or other manifestations of physical disturbance:to quail before an angry mob.

wince2  (wins), 
  1. Textileswinch1 (def. 4).

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

wince /wɪns/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to start slightly, as with sudden pain; flinch
  1. the act of wincing
Etymology: 18th Century (earlier (C13) meaning: to kick): via Old French wencier, guenchir to avoid, from Germanic; compare Old Saxon wenkian, Old High German wenken

ˈwincer n
wince /wɪns/ n
  1. a roller for transferring pieces of cloth between dyeing vats
Etymology: 17th Century: variant of winch

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