What does wrest mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrest(verb)

    obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically

    "wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"

Wiktionary

  1. wrest(Verb)

    To pull or twist violently.

  2. wrest(Verb)

    To obtain by pulling or violent force.

  3. wrest(Verb)

    To seize

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wrest(verb)

    to turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence; to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or twisting

    Etymology: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]

  2. Wrest(verb)

    to turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort

    Etymology: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]

  3. Wrest(verb)

    to tune with a wrest, or key

    Etymology: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]

  4. Wrest(noun)

    the act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion

    Etymology: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]

  5. Wrest(noun)

    active or moving power

    Etymology: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]

  6. Wrest(noun)

    a key to tune a stringed instrument of music

    Etymology: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]

  7. Wrest(noun)

    a partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined

    Etymology: [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrn to twist. See Writhe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wrest

    rest, v.t, to twist from by force: to twist from truth or from its natural meaning.—n. violent pulling and twisting: distortion: an instrument, like a wrench, for tuning the piano, &c.—n. Wrest′er. [A.S. wrǽstanwrǽst, firm, from wráth, pa.t. of wríthan, to writhe; Dan. vriste.]

Anagrams for wrest »

  1. strew, trews, werst

How to pronounce wrest?

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How to say wrest in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrest in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wrest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of wrest in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Crump:

    We pray that for the sake of peace and safety and international relations that you rise to (the) occasion, and wrest control of the criminal investigation from the hands of county prosecutors in Washington state.

  2. Bhagavad Gita:

    As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose.

Images & Illustrations of wrest

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