See also writhe.
wreath (plural wreaths)
- Something twisted, intertwined, or curled.
- a wreath of smoke; a wreath of clouds
- 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, in The Lonely Pyramid: A Tale of Adventures, being the Strange Experiences of Roy LeFevre in the Desert during the Year 1884, London, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dublin: Blackie and Son, →OCLC:
- The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. Whirling wreaths and columns of burning wind, rushed around and over them.
- An ornamental circular band made, for example, of plaited flowers and leaves, and used as decoration; a garland or chaplet, especially one given to a victor.
- (heraldry) An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest; an orle, a torse. It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the coat of arms.
- A defect in glass.
- (transitive) To place an entwined circle of flowers upon or around something.
- 1958, The Greek Anthology, page 349:
- Old Nico wreathed the tomb of maiden Melitê.
- (transitive) To wrap around something in a circle.
- At the funeral, a circle of comrades wreathed the grave of the honored deceased.
- (intransitive) To curl, writhe or spiral in the form of a wreath.
- 1816, Lord Byron, Stanzas for Music, section 4:
- Though wit may flash from fluent lips, and mirth distract the breast,
Through midnight hours that yield no more their former hope of rest;
’Tis but as ivy-leaves around the ruined turret wreath
All green and wildly fresh without, but worn and grey beneath.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “wreath”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)