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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wrest \Wrest\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Wrested}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wresting}.] [OE. wresten, AS. wr?stan; akin to wr?? a twisted band, and wr[imac]?n to twist. See {Writhe}.]

1. 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. "The secret wrested from me." --Milton.

Our country's cause, That drew our swords, now secret wrests them from our hand. --Addison.

They instantly wrested the government out of the hands of Hastings. --Macaulay.

2. To turn from truth; to twist from its natural or proper use or meaning by violence; to pervert; to distort.

Wrest once the law to your authority. --Shak.

Thou shalt not wrest the judgment of thy poor. --Ex. xxiii. 6.

Their arts of wresting, corrupting, and false interpreting the holy text. --South.

3. To tune with a wrest, or key. [Obs.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Wrest \Wrest\, noun

1. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. --Hooker.

2. Active or moving power. [Obs.] --Spenser.

3. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music.

The minstrel . . . wore round his neck a silver chain, by which hung the wrest, or key, with which he tuned his harp. --Sir W. Scott.

4. A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined.

{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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

wrest

verb

1: obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically; "wrest the knife from his hands"; "wrest a meaning from the old text"; "wrest power from the old government"


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