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Wordnet 3.0


1. causing great physical or mental suffering;
- Example: "a wrenching pain"
[syn: racking, wrenching]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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] 1. 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] 2. To strain; to sprain; hence, to distort; to pervert. [1913 Webster] You wrenched your foot against a stone. --Swift. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

wrenching adj 1: causing great physical or mental suffering; "a wrenching pain" [syn: racking, wrenching]