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English noun: wrench

1. wrench (state) a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

SamplesThe wrench to his knee occurred as he fell.
He was sidelined with a hamstring pull.

Synonymspull, twist

Broader (hypernym)harm, hurt, injury, trauma

Narrower (hyponym)sprain

2. wrench (event) a jerky pulling movement


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

3. wrench (artifact) a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt


Broader (hypernym)hand tool

Narrower (hyponym)adjustable spanner, adjustable wrench, Allen wrench, alligator wrench, box end wrench, box wrench, brace wrench, bulldog wrench, carriage wrench, dog wrench, hook spanner, hook wrench, lug wrench, open-end wrench, pin wrench, screw key, socket wrench, sparkplug wrench, tap wrench, tappet wrench, torque wrench

Part holonymjaw

English verb: wrench

1. wrench (contact) twist or pull violently or suddenly, especially so as to remove (something) from that to which it is attached or from where it originates

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


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)pull

2. wrench (motion) make a sudden twisting motion

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)squirm, twist, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe

3. wrench (contact) twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish

SamplesWring one's hand.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)distort, twine, twist

Verb groupcontort, deform, distort, wring

4. wrench (body) twist suddenly so as to sprain

SamplesWrench 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.

ExamplesDid he wrench his foot?

Synonymsrick, sprain, turn, twist, wrick

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)injure, wound

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