Definitions for: Wrench

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

Synonyms: pull, rick, spanner, sprain, turn, twist, twist, twist, wrick, wring

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