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, pull(noun)

    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, wrench(noun)

    a jerky pulling movement

  3. wrench, spanner(verb)

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

  4. wrench, twist(verb)

    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. wrench(verb)

    make a sudden twisting motion

  6. wring, wrench(verb)

    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish

    "Wring one's hand"

  7. twist, sprain, wrench, turn, wrick, rick(verb)

    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. wrench(Noun)

    A movement that twists and pulls violently.

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  2. wrench(Noun)

    A distorting change.

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  3. wrench(Noun)

    A sudden emotional change.

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  4. wrench(Noun)

    A violent pull or twist; a tug

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  5. wrench(Noun)

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

    Etymology: wrencan. Compare German renken.

  6. wrench(Verb)

    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. wrench(Verb)

    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. wrench(Verb)

    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. Wrench(verb)

    trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem

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

  2. Wrench(verb)

    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. Wrench(verb)

    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. Wrench(verb)

    means; contrivance

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

  5. Wrench(verb)

    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. Wrench(verb)

    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. Wrench(noun)

    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. Wrench(noun)

    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.]

How to pronounce wrench?

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How to say wrench in sign language?

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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. Brandon Hayes-Lattin:

    Cancer can throw a wrench in that to a substantial degree, what makes it challenging for adolescent and young adult patients that's different from younger patients and older patients is that there are some really unique things that face this group.

  2. Tim Don:

    The doctor said,' It's going to give you the best chance to get back to an active lifestyle and, hopefully, racing professionally again.' they literally get four titanium screws and a torque wrench and tighten them into your skull with just a local anesthetic. Every time a screw comes loose, they screw it deeper into your skull. I wouldn't wish it upon my worst enemy.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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  • arrancarAragonese
  • مفتاح الربطArabic
  • асҡысBashkir
  • klíčCzech
  • skruenøgleDanish
  • Drehbewegung, drehen, verrenken, Schraubenschlüssel, SchlüsselGerman
  • 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
  • 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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