Definitions for wrenchrɛntʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to twist suddenly and forcibly; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.

  2. to overstrain or injure (the ankle, knee, etc.) by a sudden, violent twist.

  3. to affect distressingly as if by a wrench.

  4. to wrest, as from the right use or meaning; distort.

  5. (v.i.)to give a wrench or twist at something.

  6. to twist, turn, or move suddenly aside.

  7. (n.)a wrenching movement; a sudden, violent twist.

  8. a sharp, distressing strain, as to the feelings.

  9. a twisting or distortion, as of meaning.

  10. a tool for gripping and turning or twisting the head of a bolt, a nut, a pipe, or the like, commonly consisting of a bar of metal with fixed or adjustable jaws.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of wrench:

bef. 1050; (v.) ME; OE wrencan to twist


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrench, twist, pull(noun)

    a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

    "the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

  2. twist, wrench(noun)

    a jerky pulling movement

  3. wrench, spanner(verb)

    a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt

  4. wrench, twist(verb)

    twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially 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"

  5. wrench(verb)

    make a sudden twisting motion

  6. wring, wrench(verb)

    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish

    "Wring one's hand"

  7. twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick(verb)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wrench(noun)ˈɛnʧ

    a tool for loosening and tightening bolts, nuts, etc.


  1. wrench(Noun)

    A movement that twists and pulls violently.

  2. wrench(Noun)

    A distorting change.

  3. wrench(Noun)

    A sudden emotional change.

  4. wrench(Noun)

    A violent pull or twist; a tug

  5. wrench(Noun)

    a hand tool for making rotational adjustments, such as fitting nuts and bolts, or fitting pipes.

  6. wrench(Verb)

    To pull or twist violently.

    With a surge of adrenaline, she wrenched the car door off and pulled out the injured man.

  7. wrench(Verb)

    To injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting.

    Be careful not to wrench your ankle walking along those loose stones!

  8. wrench(Verb)

    To use the tool known as a wrench.

    The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.

  9. Origin: wrencan. Compare German renken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrench(verb)

    trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem

  2. Wrench(verb)

    a violent twist, or a pull with twisting

  3. Wrench(verb)

    a sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint

  4. Wrench(verb)

    means; contrivance

  5. Wrench(verb)

    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 sizes

  6. Wrench(verb)

    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

  7. Wrench(noun)

    to pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by violence

  8. Wrench(noun)

    to strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert


  1. Wrench

    A wrench is a tool used to provide grip and mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn objects—usually rotary fasteners, such as nuts and bolts—or keep them from turning. In British English, spanner is the standard term. The most common shapes are called open-ended spanner and ring spanner. The term wrench refers to various types of adjustable spanner. In American English, wrench is the standard term. The most common shapes are called open-end wrench and box-end wrench. In American English, spanner refers to a specialized wrench with a series of pins or tabs around the circumference. In American commerce, such a wrench may be called a spanner wrench to distinguish it from the British sense of spanner. Higher quality wrenches are typically made from chromium-vanadium alloy tool steels and are often drop-forged. They are frequently chrome-plated to resist corrosion and ease cleaning. Hinged tools, such as pliers or tongs, are not generally considered wrenches in English, but exceptions are the plumber wrench and mole wrench.

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a violent pull or twist.

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