1. [ verb ] twist or pull violently or suddenly, esp. so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached
Synonyms: twist

"wrench a window off its hinges" "wrench oneself free from somebody's grip" also metaphorically: "a deep sigh was wrenched from his chest"

Related terms: pull twist
2. [ verb ] make a sudden twisting motion
Related terms: writhe twist
3. [ verb ] twist suddenly so as to sprain
Synonyms: turn sprain wrick rick twist

"wrench one's ankle" "The wrestler twisted his shoulder" "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell" "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"

Related terms: injure crick sprain
4. [ verb ] twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
Synonyms: wring

"Wring one's hand"

Related terms: twist disfigure wring_out contort
5. [ noun ] a jerky pulling movement
Synonyms: twist
Related terms: movement
6. [ noun ] (medicine) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments
Synonyms: pull twist

"the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell" "he was sidelined with a hamstring pull"

Related terms: injury sprain pull
7. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 24080
8. [ noun ] a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
Synonyms: spanner
Related terms: hand_tool adjustable_wrench box_wrench Allen_wrench bulldog_wrench pin_wrench dog_wrench tap_wrench hook_wrench brace_wrench lug_wrench open-end_wrench screw_key carriage_wrench socket_wrench sparkplug_wrench alligator_wrench torque_wrench jaw
Similar spelling:   wrenching