- 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 of wrenchMiddle 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.)
- 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, typically at an angle perpendicular to the object's axis.
- A sudden, forcible twist, turn, or pull: gave the steering wheel a wrench.
- An injury produced by twisting or straining: The fall gave my ankle a wrench.
- A sudden feeling of compassion, sorrow, or anguish, or an act that causes such feeling: “Bidding goodbye to Buss was a wrench” (Edna O'Brien).
- A distortion in the original form or meaning of something written or spoken; a twisted interpretation.
verbwrenched, wrench·ing, wrench·es
- a. To twist, turn, or pull suddenly and forcibly: wrenched the door open.b. To twist and sprain: I wrenched my knee.c. To turn using a wrench: wrenched the nut onto the bolt.
- a. To move, extract, or force free by twisting, turning, or pulling forcibly: wrenched the nail out of the board.b. To free (oneself or a body part) by twisting, turning, or pulling: wrenched his arm from the thug's grasp.
- To upset the feelings or emotions of; distress: Grief wrenched her heart.
- To interpret unreasonably or inaccurately; distort: wrenched the text to prove her point.
- To give a twist, turn, or pull: wrenched at the window trying to open it.
- To cause distress: The memory wrenched at his conscience.
Origin of wrenchFrom Middle English wrenchen, to twist, from Old English wrencan; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
left to right: ratcheting box, adjustable, and open end wrenches
- A movement that twists or pulls violently; a tug. [From XVI century.]
- An injury caused by a violent twisting or pulling of a limb; strain, sprain. [From XVI century.]
- (archaic) A winch or windlass. [From XVI century.]
- A distorting change from the original meaning. [From XVII century.]
- (US) A hand tool for making rotational adjustments, such as fitting nuts and bolts, or fitting pipes; a spanner. [From XVIII century.]
- A violent emotional change caused by separation. [From XIX century.]
- (physics) In screw theory, a screw assembled from force and torque vectors arising from application of Newton's laws to a rigid body. [From XIX century.]
(third-person singular simple present wrenches, present participle wrenching, simple past and past participle wrenched)
- To pull or twist violently. [From XIII century.]
- With a surge of adrenaline, she wrenched the car door off and pulled out the injured man.
- To injure (a joint) by pulling or twisting. [From XVI century.]
- Be careful not to wrench your ankle walking along those loose stones!
- To distort from the original meaning. [From XVI century.]
- To rack with pain. [From XVIII century.]
- To deprive by means of a violent pull or twist. [From XVIII century.]
- To use the tool known as a wrench. [From XIX century.]
- The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.
From Old English wrenÄ‹an, from Proto-Germanic *wrankijanÄ…. Compare German renken.