- The definition of a wrench is a tool with jaws used for holding, turning or twisting.
An example of a wrench is what someone would use to loosen and unscrew a bolt.
- Wrench is defined as to twist or jerk suddenly with force.
An example of to wrench is stepping off a curb and twisting an ankle.
- a sudden, sharp twist or pull
- an injury caused by a twist or jerk, as to the back, a joint, etc.
- a sudden feeling of grief, anguish, etc., as at parting with someone
- any of a number of tools used for holding and turning nuts, bolts, pipes, etc.
- a false or strained interpretation of an original meaning
Origin: Middle English from Old English wrenc, a trick, deceit; akin to German ränke, a bend, twist from Indo-European an unverified form wreng- from base an unverified form wer-, to twist, turn from source worm
- to twist, pull, or jerk suddenly and violently
- to injure (a part of the body) with a twist or wrench
- to distort, strain, or give a false interpretation of (a meaning, statement, etc.)
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- A sudden sharp, forcible twist or turn.
- An injury produced by twisting or straining.
- A sudden tug at one's emotions; a surge of compassion, sorrow, or anguish.
- a. A break or parting that causes emotional distress.b. The pain so associated: felt a wrench when he was parted from his children.
- A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; twisted interpretation.
- Any of various hand or power tools, often having fixed or adjustable jaws, used for gripping, turning, or twisting objects such as nuts, bolts, or pipes.
- a. To twist or turn suddenly and forcibly.b. To twist and sprain: I wrenched my knee.
- To move, extract, or force free by pulling violently; yank. See Synonyms at jerk1.
- To pull at the feelings or emotions of; distress: It wrenched her to watch them go.
- To distort or twist the original character or import of: wrenched the text to prove her point.
Origin: From Middle English wrenchen, to twist, from Old English wrencan; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- wrenchˈing·ly adverb
left to right: ratcheting box, adjustable, and open end wrenches