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wrench

wrench

 
 
pronunciation:
rench
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wrenched, wrenches, wrenching
definition 1: to twist suddenly and with force.
The force of the collision wrenched her neck.
similar words:
rack, tug, turn, twist, wring, yank
definition 2: to damage or sprain by twisting.
She wrenched her knee while playing basketball.
synonyms:
sprain, turn, twist
similar words:
pull, strain, tear
definition 3: to twist, jerk, or pull (something) forcibly so that it splits or is dislodged.
The two dogs wrenched the Frisbee apart.The police wrenched the car door open and helped the passenger out.
similar words:
jerk, pull, yank
definition 4: to remove, extract, or obtain by, or as if by, twisting, jerking, or pulling; wrest.
The soldier wrenched the baby from its mother's arms.He finally wrenched the tight ring off his finger.She kept questioning him until she wrenched the truth from him.
synonyms:
wrest
similar words:
extract, force, pluck, pry, pull, snatch, tear, wring
definition 5: to twist the meaning or nature of; distort.
You are wrenching my words out of context.
synonyms:
distort, pervert, twist, warp
similar words:
deform, falsify, garble, mangle, misrepresent, torture
definition 6: to cause suffering to.
The pitiful sight wrenched her heart.
synonyms:
afflict, distress, harrow, pain, wring
similar words:
anguish, hurt, perturb, torment, trouble, wound
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to give a sudden twist, turn, or pull; yank.
synonyms:
jerk, pull, yank
similar words:
tug
definition 2: to make a sudden twist or turn; swerve.
synonyms:
sheer, swerve, veer
similar words:
deviate, skew, turn, yaw
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a tool, often with adjustable jaws, that is used to grip and turn an object, often one threaded into another, such as a bolt or pipe.
I'll need a bigger wrench to turn this nut.
 
similar words:
monkey wrench, socket wrench
definition 2: a sudden forcible twist.
The dentist gave the tooth a wrench, and the troublesome thing was out.
synonyms:
jerk, wrest
similar words:
pull, sprain, tug, turn, twist, yank
definition 3: a strain or sprain, as to an ankle or knee, caused by such a twist.
He'll be out for the rest of the season due to the wrench of his knee.
synonyms:
sprain, strain, twist
definition 4: a sharp emotional pang, or the cause thereof.
He felt a wrench at leaving home.
synonyms:
pang
similar words:
anguish, heartache, heartbreak, hurt, jolt, pain, throe
definition 5: a sharp twist in form or meaning; distortion.
synonyms:
distortion, twist
similar words:
deformation, perversion, slant
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