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Meaning of WREST

Pronunciation:  rest

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically; "wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"

WREST is a 5 letter word that starts with W.


 See Also: seize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wrest\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wrested}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Wresting}.] [OE. wresten, AS. wr?stan; akin to wr?? a
    twisted band, and wr[=i]?n to twist. See {Writhe}.]
    1. To turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence;
       to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or
       twisting. ``The secret wrested from me.'' --Milton.
             Our country's cause, That drew our swords, now
             secret wrests them from our hand.     --Addison.
             They instantly wrested the government out of the
             hands of Hastings.                    --Macaulay.
    2. To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper
       use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort.
             Wrest once the law to your authority. --Shak.
             Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor. --Ex.
                                                   xxiii. 6.
             Their arts of wresting, corrupting, and false
             interpreting the holy text.           --South.
    3. To tune with a wrest, or key. [Obs.]
  2. \Wrest\, n.
    1. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence,
       distortion; perversion. --Hooker.
    2. Active or moving power. [Obs.] --Spenser.
    3. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music.
             The minstrel . . . wore round his neck a silver
             chain, by which hung the wrest, or key, with which
             he tuned his harp.                    --Sir W.
    4. A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the
       buckets is determined.
    {Wrest pin} (Piano Manuf.), one of the pins around which the
       ends of the wires are wound in a piano. --Knight.
    {Wrest plank} (Piano Manuf.), the part in which the wrest
       pins are inserted.