What does spanner mean?

Definitions for spanner
ˈspæn ərspan·ner

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrench, spanner(noun)

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


  1. spanner(Noun)

    A hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.

    Pass me that spanner, Jake; there's just one more nut to screw in.

  2. spanner(Noun)

    One who, or that which, spans.

  3. spanner(Noun)

    A hand tool shaped like a small crank handle, for winding the spring of a wheel lock on a musket.

  4. spanner(Noun)

    A device in early steam engines for moving the valves for the alternate admission and shutting off of the steam.

  5. spanner(Noun)

    A problem, dilemma or obstacle; something unexpected or troublesome (in the phrase spanner in the works)

    Halfway through the production of Macbeth, the director found that the stage was smaller than he expected. This really threw a spanner in the works.

  6. spanner(Noun)

    A stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.

    You spanner, Rodney! I wanted a Chinese, not an Indian!

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spanner(noun)

    one who, or that which, spans

  2. Spanner(noun)

    the lock of a fusee or carbine; also, the fusee or carbine itself

  3. Spanner(noun)

    an iron instrument having a jaw to fit a nut or the head of a bolt, and used as a lever to turn it with; a wrench; specifically, a wrench for unscrewing or tightening the couplings of hose

  4. Spanner(noun)

    a contrivance in some of the ealier steam engines for moving the valves for the alternate admission and shutting off of the steam


  1. Spanner

    Spanner is a free program provided by Garmin for PCs running Windows 2000 or XP. It ‘translates’ live positional data from Garmin’s proprietary interface into NMEA 0183. Garmin’s proprietary interface data is only provided via USB whereas NMEA data is provided via serial port. Spanner overcomes this by creating a virtual serial port and thereby allowing a USB based Garmin GPS receiver ‘speak’ with programs that require NMEA data. Spanner is offered as a tool for Garmin’s GPS 18 product, but it works with other Garmin GPS receivers including the GPS 20x, GPSMap 60cx, 76CS, Colorado series, Oregon series, GPSMap 62/78 series, and Montana Series. However, it doesn’t work with all Garmin USB GPS receivers. Some receivers that reportedly don’t work with Spanner include: Etrex Venture Cx, Etrex Vista Cx/HCx and Forerunner 305. The latter is recognized but Spanner reports it as "not having the required capabilities".

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. spanner

    An instrument by which the wheel-lock guns and pistols were wound up; also used to screw up the nuts of the plummer boxes. Also, an important balance in forming the radius of parallel motion in a steam-engine, since it reconciles the curved sweep which the side-levers describe with the perpendicular movement of the piston-rod, by means of which they are driven.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spanner in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spanner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of spanner in a Sentence

  1. Finance Minister Michel Sapin:

    This is not the moment to throw a spanner into the works, with growth picking up.

  2. Charlize Theron:

    I'm saying a proposal, she's showing up at proposal and she's throwing a whole spanner in the wheel.

  3. Michel Sapin:

    Unemployment is falling. This is not the moment to throw a spanner into the works with growth picking up.

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