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for Carriage wrench
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Wrench \Wrench\ (r[e^]nch), n. [OE. wrench deceit, AS. wrenc
deceit, a twisting; akin to G. rank intrigue, crookedness,
renken to bend, twist, and E. wring. [root]144. See Wring,
and cf. Ranch, v. t.]
1. Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem. [Obs.]
His wily wrenches thou ne mayst not flee. --Chaucer.
2. A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
He wringeth them such a wrench. --Skelton.
The injurious effect upon biographic literature of
all such wrenches to the truth, is diffused
everywhere. --De Quincey.
3. A sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint.
4. Means; contrivance. [Obs.] --Bacon.
5. 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
6. (Mech.) 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.
Carriage wrench, a wrench adapted for removing or
tightening the nuts that confine the wheels on the axles,
or for turning the other nuts or bolts of a carriage or
Monkey wrench. See under Monkey.
Wrench hammer, a wrench with the end shaped so as to admit
of being used as a hammer.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a wrench designed for use with carriage bolts
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