Wreath n.; pl. Wreaths
1. Something twisted, intertwined, or curled; as, a wreath of smoke; a wreath of flowers. “A wrethe of gold.”
[He] of his tortuous train
Curled many a wanton wreath. --Milton.
2. A garland; a chaplet, esp. one given to a victor.
Conquest doth grant
He dear wreath to the Grecian combatant. --Chapman.
Far back in the ages,
The plow with wreaths was crowned. --Bryant.
3. Her. An appendage to the shield, placed above it, and supporting the crest (see Illust. of Crest). It generally represents a twist of two cords of silk, one tinctured like the principal metal, the other like the principal color in the arms.
Wreathe v. t. [imp. Wreathed p. p. Wreathed; Archaic Wreathen p. pr. & vb. n. Wreathing.] [Written also wreath.]
1. To cause to revolve or writhe; to twist about; to turn. [Obs.]
And from so heavy sight his head did wreathe. --Spenser.
2. To twist; to convolve; to wind one about another; to entwine.
The nods and smiles of recognition into which this singular physiognomy was wreathed. --Sir W. Scott.
From his slack hand the garland wreathed for Eve
Down dropped. --Milton.
3. To surround with anything twisted or convolved; to encircle; to infold.
Each wreathed in the other's arms. --Shak.
Dusk faces with withe silken turbants wreathed. --Milton.
And with thy winding ivy wreathes her lance. --Dryden.
4. To twine or twist about; to surround; to encircle.
In the flowers that wreathe the sparkling bowl,
Fell adders hiss. --Prior.
n : flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage
or flowers for ornamental purposes [syn: garland, coronal,
v : encircle with or as if with a wreath; "Her face was wreathed
with blossoms" [syn: wreathe]