- (intransitive) to start slightly, as with sudden pain; flinch
- the act of wincing
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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
wince1 /wɪns/USA pronunciation v., winced, winc•ing, n.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
v. [no object]
v., winced, winc•ing, 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.
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wince /wɪns/ vb
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