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Noun, Verb (transitive)


wrestv. t. [OE. wresten, AS. wrstan; akin to wr a twisted band, and wrīn to twist. See Writhe.].
  •  To turn; to twist; esp., to twist or extort by violence; to pull of force away by, or as if by, violent wringing or twisting.  Milton.  [1913 Webster]
    "Our country's cause,
    That drew our swords, now secret wrests them from our hand.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "They instantly wrested the government out of the hands of Hastings."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort.  [1913 Webster]
    "Wrest once the law to your authority."  [1913 Webster]
    "Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor."  [1913 Webster]
    "Their arts of wresting, corrupting, and false interpreting the holy text."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To tune with a wrest, or key.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion.  Hooker.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Active or moving power.  Spenser.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A key to tune a stringed instrument of music.  [1913 Webster]
    "The minstrel . . . wore round his neck a silver chain, by which hung the wrest, or key, with which he tuned his harp."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined.  [1913 Webster]
Wrest pin (Piano Manuf.), one of the pins around which the ends of the wires are wound in a piano. Knight. -- Wrest plank (Piano Manuf.), the part in which the wrest pins are inserted.


wrest, v. & n.
1 force or wrench away from a person's grasp.
2 (foll. by from) obtain by effort or with difficulty.
3 distort into accordance with one's interests or views (wrest the law to suit themselves).
--n. archaic a key for tuning a harp or piano etc.

wrest-block (or -plank) the part of a piano or harpsichord holding the wrest-pins. wrest-pin each of the pins to which the strings of a piano or harpsichord are attached.
OE wr{aelig}stan f. Gmc, rel. to WRIST



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