What does wrench mean?

Definitions for wrenchrɛntʃ

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"


  1. wrench(Noun)

    A movement that twists and pulls violently.

  2. wrench(Noun)

    A distorting change.

  3. wrench(Noun)

    A sudden emotional change.

  4. wrench(Noun)

    A violent pull or twist; a tug

  5. wrench(Noun)

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

  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.

  7. wrench(Verb)

    To injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting.

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

  8. wrench(Verb)

    To use the tool known as a wrench.

    The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.

  9. Origin: wrencan. Compare German renken.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrench(verb)

    trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem

  2. Wrench(verb)

    a violent twist, or a pull with twisting

  3. Wrench(verb)

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

  4. Wrench(verb)

    means; contrivance

  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

  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

  7. Wrench(noun)

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

  8. Wrench(noun)

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

  9. Origin: [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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Chuck Ragan:

    I had fun playing all sorts of old instruments on the record and I think we achieved a pretty full sound from the trashcan to the pipe wrench.

  2. Andrew Schneider:

    Time for the weather report. It's cold out folks. Bonecrushing cold. The kind of cold which will wrench the spirit out of a young man, or forge it into steel.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Don Crocetti:

    The use of social media is a wrench in their toolbox. It’s not that you use that same wrench for everything you do, but it’s a wrench, it’s a different-sized tool, and you have use that selectively.

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Translations for wrench

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • arrancarAragonese
  • 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

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