What does wrench mean?

Definitions for wrench
rɛntʃwrench

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wrench.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrench, twist, pullnoun

    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, wrenchnoun

    a jerky pulling movement

  3. wrench, spannerverb

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

  4. wrench, twistverb

    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. wrenchverb

    make a sudden twisting motion

  6. wring, wrenchverb

    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish

    "Wring one's hand"

  7. twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rickverb

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. wrenchnoun

    A movement that twists and pulls violently.

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  2. wrenchnoun

    A distorting change.

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  3. wrenchnoun

    A sudden emotional change.

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  4. wrenchnoun

    A violent pull or twist; a tug

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  5. wrenchnoun

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

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  6. wrenchverb

    To pull or twist violently.

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

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  7. wrenchverb

    To injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting.

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

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  8. wrenchverb

    To use the tool known as a wrench.

    The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrenchverb

    trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

  2. Wrenchverb

    a violent twist, or a pull with twisting

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

  3. Wrenchverb

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

  4. Wrenchverb

    means; contrivance

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

  5. Wrenchverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

  6. Wrenchverb

    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

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

  7. Wrenchnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

  8. Wrenchnoun

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

    Etymology: [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. . See Wrench, n.]

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wrench

    rensh, v.t. to wring or pull with a twist: to force by violence: to sprain.—v.i. to undergo a violent wrenching.—n. a violent twist: a sprain: an instrument for turning bolts, &c.: in coursing, bringing the hare round at less than a right angle—half a point in the recognised code of points for judging. [A.S. wrencan (Ger. renken)—wrenc, fraud; root of wring.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrench in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrench in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of wrench in a Sentence

  1. Kyle Quinn:

    You have celebrities and hundreds of people doing no research online, not checking facts, i’ve dedicated my life to helping all people, trying to improve health care and train the next generation of scientists, and this is potentially throwing a wrench in that.

  2. Andre Bakhos:

    This is going to throw a wrench into the argument that the economy is slowing down, companies don't hire if the economy is slowing down. Companies go the other way.

  3. Steve Chiavarone:

    A few weeks ago the market was ready for it, and then the China volatility threw a wrench in that. They are trying to get the market back to pricing in an increase so that it's not a kick in the gut.

  4. Robbert Van Batenburg:

    The more conservative voices in the House essentially threw a wrench into Boehner's efforts to get DHS funding going, and I think maybe this serves as a litmus test for what they can do in the fall.

  5. Christopher Barnes:

    When we change the time by one hour, it throws a monkey wrench into our circadian process, the following Monday, we've discovered that people have about 40 minutes less sleep. Because we're already short on sleep to begin with, the effects of even 40 minutes are noticeable.

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  • arrancarAragonese
  • مفتاح الربطArabic
  • асҡысBashkir
  • klíčCzech
  • skruenøgleDanish
  • Drehbewegung, drehen, verrenken, Schraubenschlüssel, SchlüsselGerman
  • γαλλικο ΚΛΕΙΔΙGreek
  • ŝraŭbŝlosilo, tordoEsperanto
  • llave, llave de tuerca, llave inglesa, tirónSpanish
  • nyrjäyttää, huijaus, kiintoavain, keino, vääntö, temppu, nyrjähdys, petos, vinssi, petkutus, vintturiFinnish
  • clé de serrage, clef à écrous, clef, arracher, clé, serre-écrouFrench
  • sníomh, freangIrish
  • snìomhScottish Gaelic
  • csavarkulcs, villáskulcs, rántás, franciakulcs, ránt, rándít, rángat, kificamít, rándítás, ficamításHungarian
  • kungris, kunci inggrisIndonesian
  • slogare, slogatura, strappo, chiave, torcere, spinta, storcere, chiave piatta, dolore, storta, chiave inglese, serradadi, strazio, strattoneItalian
  • מפתח ברגיםHebrew
  • スパナ, レンチJapanese
  • извиткување, исчашување, одвртувач, клучMacedonian
  • moersleutel, verdriet, schroefsleutel, verstuiken, omslaan, afbreken, los/vastdraaien, loswringen, sleutel, Engelse sleutel, ruk, verzwikken, moeilijk afscheidDutch
  • chave inglesaPortuguese
  • răsucire, [[cheie]] [[fixă]]Romanian
  • вывёртывать, разводной ключ, дёргать, вывихнуть, ключ, вырывать, выкручивать, тянуть, гаечный ключRussian
  • förvridning, ryck, skiftnyckel, bändning, vridningSwedish
  • ประแจThai
  • 扳手Chinese

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