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wrench

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verb \ˈrench\

Definition of wrench

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move with a violent twist; also :  to undergo twisting

  3. 2 :  to pull or strain at something with violent twisting

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to twist violently

  6. 2 :  to injure or disable by a violent twisting or straining wrenched her back

  7. 3 :  change; especially :  distort, pervert

  8. 4a :  to pull or tighten by violent twisting or with violenceb :  to snatch forcibly :  wrest

  9. 5 :  to cause to suffer mental anguish :  rack

wrenchingly

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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.

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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wrench

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Definition of wrench

  1. 1a :  a violent twisting or a pull with or as if with twistingb :  a sharp twist or sudden jerk straining muscles or ligaments; also :  the resultant injury (as of a joint)c :  a distorting or perverting alterationd :  acute emotional distress :  sudden violent mental change

  2. 2 :  a hand or power tool for holding, twisting, or turning an object (as a bolt or nut)

  3. 3 :  monkey wrench 2

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

1530

First Known Use of wrench

1530

Other Hardware Terms



WRENCH Defined for English Language Learners

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wrench

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verb \ˈrench\

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


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wrench

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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

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verb \ˈrench\

Definition of wrench for Students

wrenched

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wrenching

  1. 1 :  to pull or twist with sudden sharp force He wrenched a branch from the tree.

  2. 2 :  to injure by a sudden sharp twisting or straining I wrenched my knee.


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wrench

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Definition of wrench for Students

  1. 1 :  a tool used in turning nuts or bolts

  2. 2 :  a violent twist to one side or out of shape

  3. 3 :  an injury caused by twisting or straining :  sprain


Medical Dictionary

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wrench

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transitive verb \ˈrench\

Medical Definition of wrench

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


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wrench

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Medical Definition of wrench

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



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