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Definition of Wrest


  1. To turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence; to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or twisting.
  2. To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort.
  3. To tune with a wrest, or key.
  4. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion.
  5. Active or moving power.
  6. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music.
  7. A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined.

Wrest Translations

wrest in Dutch is knevelen, afpersen, afdwingen
wrest in Italian is arraffare
wrest in Portuguese is mais wrest
wrest in Spanish is arrebatar