(noun, verb)


1. a sharp strain on muscles or ligaments

- the wrench to his knee occurred as he fell

Similar word(s): pull, twist

Definition categories: state, harm, hurt, injury, trauma

2. a jerky pulling movement

Similar word(s): twist

Definition categories: event, motion, movement

3. a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt

Similar word(s): spanner

Definition categories: man–made


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

Similar word(s): twist

Definition categories: contact, pull

2. make a sudden twisting motion

Definition categories: motion, squirm, twist, worm, wrestle, wriggle, writhe

3. twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish

Similar word(s): wring

Definition categories: contact, distort, twine, twist

4. twist suddenly so as to sprain

- wrench one's ankle

Similar word(s): rick, sprain, turn, twist, wrick

Definition categories: body, injure, wound

Sentences with wrench as a verb:

- With a surge of adrenaline, she wrenched the car door off and pulled out the injured man.

- Be careful not to wrench your ankle walking along those loose stones!

- The plumber wrenched the pipes until they came loose.