Definitions for wrestrɛst

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.

  2. to take away by force.

  3. to get by effort:

    to wrest a living from the soil.

  4. to twist or turn from the proper course, meaning, etc.; wrench.

  5. (n.)a wresting; twist or wrench.

  6. a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of wrest:

bef. 1000; ME; OE wrǣstan, c. Icel reista] akin to wrist


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrest(verb)

    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"


  1. wrest(Verb)

    To pull or twist violently.

  2. wrest(Verb)

    To obtain by pulling or violent force.

  3. wrest(Verb)

    To seize

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrest(verb)

    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

  2. Wrest(verb)

    to turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort

  3. Wrest(verb)

    to tune with a wrest, or key

  4. Wrest(noun)

    the act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion

  5. Wrest(noun)

    active or moving power

  6. Wrest(noun)

    a key to tune a stringed instrument of music

  7. Wrest(noun)

    a partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined

Anagrams of wrest

  1. strew, trews, werst


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