What is wrench?

  • (verb): Twist suddenly so as to sprain.
    Example: "Wrench one's ankle"
    Synonyms: twist, sprain, turn, wrick, rick
    See also — Additional definitions below


A wrench (or spanner) is a tool used to provide grip and mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn objects—usually rotary fasteners, such as nuts and bolts—or keep them from turning.

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Christopher Wrench - Career
... Wrench returned to Australia in 1991 where he became Lecturer in Organ at the Queensland Conservatorium ... One review of a performance of Wrench in 2005 recorded, "Christopher’s was the last of three, all featuring the music of Bach, presented as part of the 4MBS Festival of Classics ... was an intense affair, marked with Wrench’s marvellous musicianship, an abiding sense of architecture and, it seems paradoxical to say amidst such rigour, an expressive freedom of phrasing ...
Slip Joint Pliers - Varieties - Tongue-and-groove Pliers
... impact driver jack locking pliers lug wrench mallet mitre box monkey wrench multi-tool nut driver paint roller paintbrush pipe wrench pliers plumber wrench plumber's snake plunger punch punch down ...
The Wrench
... The Wrench, published in the US under the title of The Monkey's Wrench, was one of Primo Levi's collections of stories (another being The Periodic Table) ...
Can Wrench
... A can wrench is a wrench made to open a telco can or demarcation point box ... One end of the can wrench is a 7/16 of an inch hex socket, and the other end is 3/8 of an inch hex socket ... each end is a thin wall thickness to allow the can wrench to be placed into the tight recessed access that often found on telco cans and demarc boxes ...
Wrench - Size Designations
... and early 20th centuries, it was common to define the nominal size of the wrench according to the nominal size of the screw thread that it was meant to be used on ...

More definitions of "wrench":

  • (noun): A jerky pulling movement.
    Synonyms: twist
  • (verb): Make a sudden twisting motion.
  • (noun): A hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt.
    Synonyms: spanner
  • (verb): Twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish.
    Synonyms: wring
  • (noun): A sharp strain on muscles or ligaments.
    Example: "The wrench to his knee occurred as he fell"
    Synonyms: twist, pull
  • (verb): Twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates.
    Example: "Wrench a window off its hinges"; "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip"
    Synonyms: twist

Famous quotes containing the word wrench:

    That is what we must make people feel... the catch in the throat, the wrench to steady the nerves, the determination to carry on.
    John Dos Passos (1896–1970)

    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 (b. 1928)