Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
  2. (noun, event) a jerky pulling movement
  3. (noun, state) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
    he was sidelined with a hamstring pull
  4. (verb, body) twist suddenly so as to sprain
    The wrestler twisted his shoulder
    the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell
    I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days
  5. (verb, contact) twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
  6. (verb, contact) 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 oneself free from somebody's grip
    a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest
  7. (verb, motion) make a sudden twisting motion

via WordNet, Princeton University

Synonyms of Wrench

pull, rick, spanner, sprain, turn, twist, wrick, wring

Origin of the word Wrench

  1. O.E. wrencan "to twist," from P.Gmc. *wrankijanan (cf. O.H.G. renken, Ger. renken "to twist, wrench," O.E. wringan "to wring"), from PIE *wreng- "to turn" (cf. Skt. vrnakti "turns, twists," Lith. rengtis "to grow crooked, to writhe"), nasalized variant of *werg- "to turn" (cf. L. vergere "to turn, tend toward… more
  2. O.E. wrenc "a twisting, artifice, trick;" see wrench (v.). The meaning "tool with jaws for turning" is first recorded 1794. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Wrench

wariness, warming, warmness, warning, warring, weariness, wearing, wearing away, wearying, wernicke, whirring, wiriness, wiring, worrying, wring, wrong, wryneck

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