Wrench

Definition of Wrench

Pronunciation: rĕnch
n.1.
1.Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem.
His wily wrenches thou ne mayst not flee.
- Chaucer.
2.A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
He wringeth them such a wrench.
- Skelton.
The injurious effect upon biographic literature of all such wrenches to the truth, is diffused everywhere.
- De Quincey.
3.A sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint.
4.Means; contrivance.
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 sizes.
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.
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 wagon.
Monkey wrench
See under Monkey.
Wrench hammer
a wrench with the end shaped so as to admit of being used as a hammer.
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Wrenched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wrenching.]
1.To pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by violence.
Wrench his sword from him.
- Shak.
Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
With a woeful agony.
- Coleridge.
2.To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert.
You wrenched your foot against a stone.
- Swift.

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