dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


2 definitions found
 for Wrenching
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wrench \Wrench\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrenched; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Wrenching.] [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive,
     properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting.
     ????. See Wrench, n.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by
        violence.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Wrench his sword from him.            --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
              With a woeful agony.                  --Coleridge.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              You wrenched your foot against a stone. --Swift.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  wrenching
      adj 1: causing great physical or mental suffering; "a wrenching
             pain" [syn: racking, wrenching]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229