The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

4 definitions found
 for 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.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem. [Obs.]
        [1913 Webster]
              His wily wrenches thou ne mayst not flee. --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
        [1913 Webster]
              He wringeth them such a wrench.       --Skelton.
        [1913 Webster]
              The injurious effect upon biographic literature of
              all such wrenches to the truth, is diffused
              everywhere.                           --De Quincey.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint.
        [1913 Webster]
     4. Means; contrivance. [Obs.] --Bacon.
        [1913 Webster]
     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
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

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
        [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) :

      n 1: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his
           knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a
           hamstring pull" [syn: wrench, twist, pull]
      2: a jerky pulling movement [syn: twist, wrench]
      3: a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt [syn:
         wrench, spanner]
      v 1: twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to
           remove (something) from that to which it is attached or
           from where it originates; "wrench a window off its hinges";
           "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip"; "a deep sigh
           was wrenched from his chest" [syn: wrench, twist]
      2: make a sudden twisting motion
      3: twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's
         hand" [syn: wring, wrench]
      4: twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The
         wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their
         ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk
         for several days" [syn: twist, sprain, wrench, turn,
         wrick, rick]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  264 Moby Thesaurus words for "wrench":
     Allen wrench, Stillson wrench, abrade, abrasion, ache, aching,
     acute pain, adjustable wrench, alligator wrench, anamorphism,
     anamorphosis, asymmetry, badger, bark, belie, bend, bite,
     blackmail, blemish, bloody, blow, bob, boring pain, box wrench,
     break, buckle, burlesque, burn, camouflage, caricature,
     carriage wrench, chafe, chain wrench, charley horse, check, chip,
     claim, claw, coerce, color, compel, concussion, confuse, constrain,
     contort, contortion, crack, crackle, cramp, cramps, craze, crick,
     crook, crookedness, crumple, cut, darting pain, demand, detorsion,
     deviation, disguise, disproportion, distort, distortion, distress,
     dolor, drag, exact, exaction, exaggerate, extort, extortion,
     falsify, flash burn, flick, flip, flirt, flounce, force,
     force from, fracture, fray, frazzle, fret, fulgurant pain, gall,
     garble, gash, get one wrong, get wrong, girdle pain, gloss, gnarl,
     gnawing, gouge, grief, griping, hitch, hurt, imbalance, incise,
     incision, injure, injury, irregularity, jerk, jig, jigger, jigget,
     jiggle, jog, joggle, jumping pain, kink, knot, lacerate,
     laceration, lancinating pain, lesion, levy blackmail, lopsidedness,
     lug wrench, maim, make mincemeat of, maul, misapply, misapprehend,
     miscite, miscolor, misconceive, misconstrue, misdeem, misexplain,
     misexplicate, misexpound, misinterpret, misjudge, misquote,
     misread, misrender, misreport, misrepresent, misstate, mistake,
     misteach, mistranslate, misunderstand, monkey wrench, mortal wound,
     mutilate, mutilation, nasty blow, nip, overdraw, overstate, pain,
     pang, parody, paroxysm, passion, pervert, pierce, pinch,
     pipe wrench, pluck, prick, pry loose from, puncture, quirk, rend,
     rend from, rending, rent, rick, rip, rip from, ripping, run,
     rupture, savage, scald, scorch, scotch, scrape, scratch, screw,
     screw key, scuff, second-degree burn, seizure, shake down,
     sharp pain, shock, shoot, shooting, shooting pain, skin, slant,
     slash, slit, snake, snatch, snatch from, socket wrench, sore,
     sore spot, spanner, spark-plug wrench, spasm, sprain, spring,
     squeeze, stab, stab wound, stabbing pain, start, stick, stitch,
     strain, strain the sense, stress, stress of life, stroke,
     sudden pull, suffering, tap wrench, tappet wrench, tear, tear from,
     tearing, tender spot, third-degree burn, thrill, throes, tormen,
     torsion, tortuosity, torture, trauma, traumatize, travesty, turn,
     turn awry, tweak, twinge, twist, twist the words, twitch,
     understate, unsymmetry, warp, wound, wounds immedicable,
     wrench from, wrenching, wrest, wresting, wring, wring from,
     wringing, writhe, wry, yank, yerk

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229