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wrench

verb \ ˈrench \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

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

wrenchingly

play \ˈren-chiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of wrench in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of wrench

Middle English, from Old English wrencan; akin to Old High German renken to twist and perhaps to Latin vergere to bend, incline

wrench Synonyms


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wrench

noun

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 (such as a bolt or nut)

Examples of wrench in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of wrench from the Web

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First Known Use of wrench

1530

wrench Synonyms

Synonyms
twist, twisting, wrenching, wresting, wringing
Antonyms
push
Related Words
draft, draw, extraction, pull, tug, yank; dislocation, displacement
Near Antonyms
heave, shove, thrust

Other Hardware Terms



WRENCH Defined for English Language Learners

wrench

verb

Definition of wrench for English Language Learners

  • : 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


wrench

noun

Definition of wrench for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WRENCH Defined for Kids

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wrench

verb \ ˈrench \

Definition of wrench for Students

wrenched; wrenching
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.

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wrench

noun

Definition of wrench for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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wrench

transitive verb \ ˈrench \

medical Definition of wrench

: to injure or disable by a violent twisting or straining
  • slipped and wrenched her back

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wrench

noun

medical Definition of wrench

: a sharp twist or sudden jerk straining muscles or ligaments; also : the resultant injury (as of a joint)


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