Definitions for wrestrɛst
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
to take away by force.
to get by effort:
to wrest a living from the soil.
to twist or turn from the proper course, meaning, etc.; wrench.
(n.)a wresting; twist or wrench.
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
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