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Definition of "wrench" []

  • A sudden sharp, forcible twist or turn. (noun)
  • An injury produced by twisting or straining. (noun)
  • A sudden tug at one's emotions; a surge of compassion, sorrow, or anguish. (noun)
  • A break or parting that causes emotional distress. (noun)
  • The pain so associated: felt a wrench when he was parted from his children. (noun)
  • To give (something) a sudden or violent twist or pull esp so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To twist suddenly so as to sprain (a limb) (verb)
  • To give pain to (verb)
  • To twist from the original meaning or purpose (verb)
  • To make a sudden twisting motion (verb)
  • A forceful twist or pull (noun)
  • An injury to a limb, caused by twisting (noun)
  • Sudden pain caused esp by parting (noun)
  • A parting that is difficult or painful to make (noun)
  • A distorting of the original meaning or purpose (noun)
  • A spanner, esp one with adjustable jaws (noun)

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Use "wrench" in a sentence
  • "The tweaks are fun to fool around with for anyone who knows a wrench from a wildebeest, and not all that expensive."
  • "He shouldered a pick and shovel, took a hammer and a pipe-wrench from the tool-house, and returned to"
  • "And so it proved under the examination of the nearest practitioner, and then Derrick remembered a certain wrench and shock he had felt in Lowrie's last desperate efforts to recover himself."