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What does "Wrest" mean?

Definition

(n.) A key to tune a stringed instrument of music (n.) A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined (n.) Active or moving power (n.) The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion (v. t.) To tune with a wrest, or key (v. t.) To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort (v. t.) 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


Synonyms pull away, force away


Example: "Wrest the knife from his hands"


Word Family wrested, wresting, wrests