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English Dictionary: wrench by the DICT Development Group
3 results for wrench
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
    Synonym(s): wrench, twist, pull
  2. a jerky pulling movement
    Synonym(s): twist, wrench
  3. a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
    Synonym(s): wrench, spanner
  1. twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates; "wrench a window off its hinges"; "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip"; "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"
    Synonym(s): wrench, twist
  2. make a sudden twisting motion
  3. twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's hand"
    Synonym(s): wring, wrench
  4. twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
    Synonym(s): twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wrench \Wrench\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wrenched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Wrenching}.] [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive,
      properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting.
      [?][?][?][?]. See {Wrench}, n.]
      1. To pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by
                     Wrench his sword from him.                  --Shak.
                     Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched With a
                     woeful agony.                                    --Coleridge.
      2. To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert.
                     You wrenched your foot against a stone. --Swift.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wrench \Wrench\ (r[ecr]nch), n. [OE. wrench deceit, AS. wrenc
      deceit, a twisting; akin to G. rank intrigue, crookedness,
      renken to bend, twist, and E. wring. [root]144. See {Wring},
      and cf. {Ranch}, v. t.]
      1. Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem. [Obs.]
                     His wily wrenches thou ne mayst not flee. --Chaucer.
      2. A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
                     He wringeth them such a wrench.         --Skelton.
                     The injurious effect upon biographic literature of
                     all such wrenches to the truth, is diffused
                     everywhere.                                       --De Quincey.
      3. A sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint.
      4. Means; contrivance. [Obs.] --Bacon.
      5. An instrument, often a simple bar or lever with jaws or an
            angular orifice either at the end or between the ends, for
            exerting a twisting strain, as in turning bolts, nuts,
            screw taps, etc.; a screw key. Many wrenches have
            adjustable jaws for grasping nuts, etc., of different
      6. (Mech.) The system made up of a force and a couple of
            forces in a plane perpendicular to that force. Any number
            of forces acting at any points upon a rigid body may be
            compounded so as to be equivalent to a wrench.
      {Carriage wrench}, a wrench adapted for removing or
            tightening the nuts that confine the wheels on the axles,
            or for turning the other nuts or bolts of a carriage or
      {Monkey wrench}. See under {Monkey}.
      {Wrench hammer}, a wrench with the end shaped so as to admit
            of being used as a hammer.
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