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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 wrench /ˈrɛnʧ/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 wrench /ˈrɛnʧ/ 及物動詞

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wrench n.
 1. Trick; deceit; fraud; stratagem.  [Obs.]
    His wily wrenches thou ne mayst not flee.   --Chaucer.
 2. A violent twist, or a pull with twisting.
    He wringeth them such a wrench.   --Skelton.
    The injurious effect upon biographic literature of all such wrenches to the truth, is diffused everywhere.   --De Quincey.
 3. A sprain; an injury by twisting, as in a joint.
 4. Means; contrivance.  [Obs.]
 5. An instrument, often a simple bar or lever with jaws or an angular orifice either at the end or between the ends, for exerting a twisting strain, as in turning bolts, nuts, screw taps, etc.; a screw key. Many wrenches have adjustable jaws for grasping nuts, etc., of different sizes.
 6. Mech. The system made up of a force and a couple of forces in a plane perpendicular to that force. Any number of forces acting at any points upon a rigid body may be compounded so as to be equivalent to a wrench.
 Carriage wrench, a wrench adapted for removing or tightening the nuts that confine the wheels on the axles, or for turning the other nuts or bolts of a carriage or wagon.
 Monkey wrench. See under Monkey.
 Wrench hammer, a wrench with the end shaped so as to admit of being used as a hammer.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Wrench, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrenched p. pr. & vb. n. Wrenching.]
 1. To pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by violence.
    Wrench his sword from him.   --Shak.
 Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched
 With a woeful agony.   --Coleridge.
 2. To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert.
    You wrenched your foot against a stone.   --Swift.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments; "the wrench to his
           knee occurred as he fell"; "he was sidelined with a
           hamstring pull" [syn: twist, pull]
      2: a jerky pulling movement [syn: twist]
      3: a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
         [syn: spanner]
      v 1: 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" [syn: twist]
      2: make a sudden twisting motion
      3: twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's
         hand" [syn: wring]
      4: twist suddenly so as to sprain; "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" [syn: twist, sprain, turn, wrick,