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1wrench

verb \ˈrench\

: to twist and pull with a sudden violent motion

: to injure (a part of your body) by making a violent twisting motion

: to take (something) by using force

Full Definition of WRENCH

intransitive verb
1
:  to move with a violent twist; also :  to undergo twisting
2
:  to pull or strain at something with violent twisting
transitive verb
1
:  to twist violently
2
:  to injure or disable by a violent twisting or straining <wrenched her back>
3
:  change; especially :  distort, pervert
4
a :  to pull or tighten by violent twisting or with violence
b :  to snatch forcibly :  wrest
5
:  to cause to suffer mental anguish :  rack
wrench·ing·ly \ˈren-chiŋ-lē\ adverb
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Examples of WRENCH

  1. I tried to wrench free from his grip.
  2. I tried to wrench myself free from his grip.
  3. He wrenched his back when he tried to lift a heavy box.
  4. She wrenched the toy from his grasp.
  5. The statue was wrenched from its pedestal.

Origin of WRENCH

Middle English, from Old English wrencan; akin to Old High German renken to twist and perhaps to Latin vergere to bend, incline
First Known Use: before 12th century

2wrench

noun

: a tool consisting of a handle with one end designed to hold, twist, or turn an object (such as a bolt or nut)

: a violent twisting or pulling movement

: something unpleasant that happens and that causes you to feel emotional pain

Full Definition of WRENCH

1
a :  a violent twisting or a pull with or as if with twisting
b :  a sharp twist or sudden jerk straining muscles or ligaments; also :  the resultant injury (as of a joint)
c :  a distorting or perverting alteration
d :  acute emotional distress :  sudden violent mental change
2
:  a hand or power tool for holding, twisting, or turning an object (as a bolt or nut)
3

Examples of WRENCH

  1. It was a wrench to say goodbye to all my friends.
  2. <with a sharp wrench of the hammer I pulled the nail from the board>

First Known Use of WRENCH

1530

Related to WRENCH

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang
WRENCHINGLY Defined for Kids

1wrench

verb \ˈrench\
wrenchedwrench·ing

Definition of WRENCH for Kids

1
:  to pull or twist with sudden sharp force <He wrenched a branch from the tree.>
2
:  to injure by a sudden sharp twisting or straining <I wrenched my knee.>

2wrench

noun

Definition of WRENCH for Kids

1
:  a tool used in turning nuts or bolts
2
:  a violent twist to one side or out of shape
3
:  an injury caused by twisting or straining :  sprain

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