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wrench

noun

1 wrench

A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments:
— The wrench to his knee occurred as he fell.

synonyms: pull, twist.

Roget 301: extraction; extracting etc. v.; removal, elimination, extrication, eradication, evolution.    evulsion, avulsion; wrench; expression, ... show more

Roget 311: circuition, circulation; turn, curvet; excursion, circumvention, circumnavigation, circumambulation; northwest passage; circuit etc. 629.    turning ... show more

Roget 789: taking etc. v.; reception etc. (taking in) 296; deglutition etc. (taking food) 298; appropriation, prehension, prensation; ... show more



2 wrench

A jerky pulling movement.

synonym: twist.

3 wrench

A hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt.

synonym: spanner.

Dutch: Engelse sleutel, fietssleutel, moeilijk afscheid, moersleutel, ruk, schroefsleutel, sleutel, verdriet
Polish: klucz

verb

1 wrench

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 a window off its hinges.
— Wrench oneself free from somebody's grip.
— A deep sigh was wrenched from his chest.

synonym: twist.

Roget 44: be disjoined &c.; come off, fall off, come to pieces, fall to pieces; peel off; get loose.    disjoin, disconnect, disengage, disunite, dissociate, dispair; ... show more

Roget 285: draw, pull, haul, lug, rake, drag, tug, tow, trail, train; take in tow.    wrench, jerk, twitch, ... show more

Roget 301: extract, draw; take out, draw out, pull out, tear out, pluck out, pick out, get out; wring from, wrench; extort; root up, weed up, ... show more

Dutch: loswrikken, loswroeten, wrikken

2 wrench

Make a sudden twisting motion.

3 wrench

Twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish.

synonym: wring.

4 wrench

Twist suddenly so as to sprain:
— Wrench one's ankle.

synonyms: rick, sprain, turn, twist, wrick.

Dutch: omslaan, verrekken, verstuiken, verzwikken, zwikken


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