AskDefine | Define wrenching

The Collaborative Dictionary

Wrench \Wrench\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wrenched; p. pr. & vb. n. Wrenching.] [OE. wrenchen, AS. wrencan to deceive, properly, to twist, from wrenc guile, deceit, a twisting. ????. See Wrench, n.] [1913 Webster]
To pull with a twist; to wrest, twist, or force by violence. [1913 Webster] Wrench his sword from him. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Forthwith this frame of mine was wrenched With a woeful agony. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]
To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert. [1913 Webster] You wrenched your foot against a stone. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wrenching adj : causing great physical or mental suffering; "a wrenching pain" [syn: racking]

English

Pronunciation

  • /ɹɛnʧɪŋ̩̩/

Verb

wrenching
  1. present participle of wrench
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1