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wrench

[rench] /rɛntʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to twist suddenly and forcibly; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist:
He wrenched the prisoner's wrist.
2.
to overstrain or injure (the ankle, knee, etc.) by a sudden, violent twist:
When she fell, she wrenched her ankle.
3.
to affect distressingly as if by a wrench.
4.
to wrest, as from the right use or meaning:
to wrench the facts out of context.
verb (used without object)
5.
to twist, turn, or move suddenly aside:
He wrenched away.
6.
to give a wrench or twist at something.
noun
7.
a wrenching movement; a sudden, violent twist:
With a quick wrench, she freed herself.
8.
a painful, straining twist, as of the ankle or wrist.
9.
a sharp, distressing strain, as to the feelings.
10.
a twisting or distortion, as of meaning.
11.
a tool for gripping and turning or twisting the head of a bolt, a nut, a pipe, or the like, commonly consisting of a bar of metal with fixed or adjustable jaws.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English wrenchen (v.), Old English wrencan to twist, turn; cognate with German renken
Related forms
wrencher, noun
wrenchingly, adverb
outwrench, verb (used with object)
unwrenched, adjective
Can be confused
retch, winch, wrench, wretch.
Synonyms
4. distort, twist, warp.
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British Dictionary definitions for wrenched

wrench

/rɛntʃ/
verb
1.
to give (something) a sudden or violent twist or pull esp so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached: to wrench a door off its hinges
2.
(transitive) to twist suddenly so as to sprain (a limb): to wrench one's ankle
3.
(transitive) to give pain to
4.
(transitive) to twist from the original meaning or purpose
5.
(intransitive) to make a sudden twisting motion
noun
6.
a forceful twist or pull
7.
an injury to a limb, caused by twisting
8.
sudden pain caused esp by parting
9.
a parting that is difficult or painful to make
10.
a distorting of the original meaning or purpose
11.
a spanner, esp one with adjustable jaws See also torque wrench
Word Origin
Old English wrencan; related to Old High German renken, Lithuanian rangyti to twist. See wrinkle1
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Word Origin and History for wrenched

wrench

v.

Old English wrencan "to twist," from Proto-Germanic *wrankijanan (cf. Old High German renken, German renken "to twist, wrench," Old English wringan "to wring"), from PIE *wreng- "to turn" (cf. Sanskrit vrnakti "turns, twists," Lithuanian rengtis "to grow crooked, to writhe"), nasalized variant of *werg- "to turn" (cf. Latin vergere "to turn, tend toward"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Related: Wrenched, wrenching.

n.

Old English wrenc "a twisting, artifice, trick;" see wrench (v.). The meaning "tool with jaws for turning" is first recorded 1794.

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