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

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



: 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

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
:  a hand or power tool for holding, twisting, or turning an object (as a bolt or nut)

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


Related to WRENCH

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang


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