- a person or thing that spans
- Chiefly Brit. wrench (sense )
Origin of spannerGerman from spannen, to stretch: see span
- A wrench having a hook, hole, or pin at the end for meshing with a related device on another object.
- Chiefly British A wrench.
Origin of spannerGerman winding tool from spannen to stretch from Middle High German from Old High German spannan ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
- (Australia, New Zealand, UK) A hand tool for adjusting nuts and bolts.
- Pass me that spanner, Jake; there's just one more nut to screw in.
- (rare) One who, or that which, spans.
- (weaponry) A hand tool shaped like a small crank handle, for winding the spring of a wheel lock on a musket.
- (UK) A problem, dilemma or obstacle; something unexpected or troublesome (in the phrase spanner in the works)
- (UK, mildly derogatory) A stupid or unintelligent person; one prone to making mistakes, especially in language.
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