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Meaning of WRENCH

Pronunciation:  rench

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
  2. [n]  a jerky pulling movement
  3. [n]  a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"
  4. [v]  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"
  5. [v]  twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's hand"
  6. [v]  twist or pull violently or suddenly, esp. 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"
  7. [v]  make a sudden twisting motion

WRENCH is a 6 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: pull, rick, spanner, sprain, turn, twist, twist, twist, wrick, wring
 See Also: adjustable spanner, adjustable wrench, Allen wrench, alligator wrench, box end wrench, box wrench, brace wrench, bulldog wrench, carriage wrench, distort, dog wrench, hand tool, harm, hook spanner, hook wrench, hurt, injure, injury, jaw, jaws, lug wrench, motion, movement, open-end wrench, pin wrench, pull, screw key, socket wrench, sparkplug wrench, sprain, squeeze out, squirm, tap wrench, tappet wrench, torque wrench, trauma, twine, twist, twist, worm, wound, wrestle, wriggle, wring out, writhe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wrench\ (r[e^]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.
  2. \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.