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 for wince
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wince \Wince\, n.
     The act of one who winces.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wince \Wince\, n. [See Winch.] (Dyeing & Calico Printing)
     A reel used in dyeing, steeping, or washing cloth; a winch.
     It is placed over the division wall between two wince pits so
     as to allow the cloth to descend into either compartment. at
     will.
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     Wince pit, Wince pot, a tank or a pit where cloth in the
        process of dyeing or manufacture is washed, dipped in a
        mordant, or the like.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wince \Wince\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Winced; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Wincing.] [OE. wincen, winchen, OF. quencir, guenchir,
     guenchier, giencier, guinchier, and (assumed) winchier,
     winchir, to give way, to turn aside, fr. OHG. wankjan,
     wenken, to give way, to waver, fr. winchan to turn aside, to
     nod, akin to E. wink. See Wink.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To shrink, as from a blow, or from pain; to flinch; to
        start back.
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              I will not stir, nor wince, nor speak a word.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. To kick or flounce when unsteady, or impatient at a rider;
        as, a horse winces.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wince
      n 1: the facial expression of sudden pain
      2: a reflex response to sudden pain [syn: wince, flinch]
      v 1: draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they
           showed the slaughtering of the calf" [syn: flinch,
           squinch, funk, cringe, shrink, wince, recoil,
           quail]
      2: make a face indicating disgust or dislike; "She winced when
         she heard his pompous speech"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  82 Moby Thesaurus words for "wince":
     ache, agonize, ail, anguish, avoid, avoidance, blanch, blench,
     blink, boggle, cower, cringe, demur, dodge, draw back, draw in,
     duck, evade, evasion, fade, fall back, fallback, falter, feel pain,
     feel the pangs, fight shy of, flinch, funk, grimace, hang back,
     hang off, have a misery, have qualms, hesitate, hold off, hurt,
     jib, make bones about, pause, pound, pull back, pull in, pull out,
     pullback, pullout, quail, recoil, reel back, retract, retreat,
     scruple, sheer, sheer off, shoot, shrink, shrink back, shy, shy at,
     sidestep, sidestepping, smart, squinch, start, start aside,
     start back, stick at, stickle, strain, suffer, swerve, thrill,
     throb, tingle, turn, turn aside, twinge, twitch, waver, weasel,
     weasel out, withdraw, writhe
  
  

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