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Definition of Wrench


  1. Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem.
  2. A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
  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. 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.
  7. To pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by violence.
  8. To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert.

Wrench Quotations

A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop.
Robert Hughes

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
Maya Angelou

In my deepest troubles, I frequently would wrench myself from the persons around me and retire to some secluded part of our noble forests.
John James Audubon

My first novel was rejected by some of the most eminent publishers in the world. Starting again was a real wrench.
Wilbur Smith

Being ill like this combines shock - this time I will die - with a pain and agony that are unfamiliar, that wrench me out of myself.
Harold Brodkey
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Wrench Translations

wrench in Afrikaans is sleutel
wrench in Dutch is sleutel
wrench in Italian is chiave
wrench in Latin is extorqueo
wrench in Portuguese is chave
wrench in Swedish is rycka, skiftnyckel