Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “wrench”

wrench

verb [T]  /rentʃ/ us  

wrench verb [T] (TWIST)

to pull and twist something suddenly or violently away from a fixed position: The ball was wrenched from his hands by another player. If you wrench part of your body, such as your arm or knee, you twist it badly and injure it: He wrenched his back while digging in the garden.

wrench

noun [C]  /rentʃ/ us  

wrench noun [C] (TOOL)

a tool for holding and turning objects: an adjustable wrench
(Definition of wrench from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of wrench?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Isolating and separating, but you might be interested in these topics from the Cutting and joining topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “wrench”

Definitions of “wrench” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

improvisation

a performance that an actor, musician, etc. has not practised or planned

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More