obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
"wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"
To pull or twist violently.
To obtain by pulling or violent force.
to turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence; to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or twisting
to turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort
to tune with a wrest, or key
the act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion
active or moving power
a key to tune a stringed instrument of music
a partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined
Origin: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rest, v.t, to twist from by force: to twist from truth or from its natural meaning.—n. violent pulling and twisting: distortion: an instrument, like a wrench, for tuning the piano, &c.—n. Wrest′er. [A.S. wrǽstan—wrǽst, firm, from wráth, pa.t. of wríthan, to writhe; Dan. vriste.]
strew, trews, werst
The numerical value of wrest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of wrest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose.
We pray that for the sake of peace and safety and international relations that you rise to (the) occasion, and wrest control of the criminal investigation from the hands of county prosecutors in Washington state.
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