What does wrench mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage 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"


  1. wrenchnoun

    A movement that twists and pulls violently.

  2. wrenchnoun

    A distorting change.

  3. wrenchnoun

    A sudden emotional change.

  4. wrenchnoun

    A violent pull or twist; a tug

  5. wrenchnoun

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

  6. wrenchverb

    To pull or twist violently.

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

  7. wrenchverb

    To injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting.

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

  8. wrenchverb

    To use the tool known as a wrench.

    The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.

  9. Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wrenchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Some small part of the foot being injured by a wrench, the whole leg thereby loses its strength. John Locke.

    He resolved to make his profit of this business of Britain, as a quarrel for war; and that of Naples as a wrench and mean for peace. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

  2. To Wrenchverb

    Etymology: wringan , Saxon; wrenghen, Dutch.

    Wrench his sword from him. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    Oh form!
    How often do’st thou with thy case, thy habit,
    Wrench awe from fools, and tie the wiser souls
    To thy false seeming! William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

    Give me that mattock and the wrenching iron. William Shakespeare.

    Cæsar’s army, wanting something, demanded a mission or discharge, though with no intention it should be granted; but thought by that means to wrench him to their other desires. Francis Bacon.

    Sing the Parthian, when transfix’d he lies,
    Wrenching the Roman jav’lin from his thighs. Dryden.

    Achilles wrench’d it out, and sent again
    The hostile gift. Dryden.

    Struggling to get loose, I broke the strings, and wrenched out the pegs that fastened my arm to the ground. Gull. Travels.

    O most small fault!
    How ugly didst thou in Cordelia show?
    Which, like an engine, wrencht my frame of nature
    From the fix’d place; drew from my heart all love,
    And added to the gall. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    You wrenched your foot against a stone, and were forced to stay. Jonathan Swift.


  1. wrench

    A wrench is a hand tool used to provide grip, mechanical advantage, and apply torque to turn objects such as nuts and bolts. It usually has a set of jaws or a hole, which is placed around a fastener and a handle to twist the object. Wrenches come in different shapes and sizes to cater to various tasks and objects.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrenchverb

    trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem

  2. Wrenchverb

    a violent twist, or a pull with twisting

  3. Wrenchverb

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

  4. Wrenchverb

    means; contrivance

  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

  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

  7. Wrenchnoun

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

  8. Wrenchnoun

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

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


  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.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Wrench is ranked #30420 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Wrench surname appeared 768 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Wrench.

    84.9% or 652 total occurrences were White.
    11.9% or 92 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 6 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  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. The NFL MVP:

    Look, with my situation … it’s never been about the draft pick, picking Jordan [Love]. I love Jordan. He’s a great kid. Lotta fun to work together. I love the coaching staff, love my teammates, love the fan base in Green Bay. Incredible 16 years. It’s just kind of about a philosophy. And maybe forgetting that it is about the people that make the thing go. It’s about character. It’s about a culture. It’s about doing things the right way. A lot of this was put in motion last year. The wrench was kind of just thrown into it when I won MVP and played the way I played last year. This is kinda just the spill out of all that.

  2. Kyle Pomerleau:

    It does throw a little bit of wrench into things, to the extent that individuals are relying on the refund any delay is going to be a negative.

  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. Brian Mason:

    If this case is not dismissed, your honor, it's going to throw a monkey wrench into the gears of federalism. It will throw gasoline on the ideological fires that are already raging out of control in this country.

  5. Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting:

    Will: He used to just put a belt, a stick, and a wrench on the kitchen table and say, “Choose.” Sean: Well, I gotta go with the belt there. Will: I used to go with the wrench. Sean: Why? Will: Cause fuck him, that’s why.

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Translations for wrench

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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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