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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


Synonymstwist


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

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


Synonymsspanner


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.


Synonymstwist


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.


Synonymswring


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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