Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday March 26, 2013
1. to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child.
2. to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
3. to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil.
4. to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.
1. a wresting; twist or wrench.
2. a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.
Can I possibly go back and wrest from my past some remnant of a better beginning?
-- Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion, 2006
He could wrest beauty from anything.
-- Fiona Maazel, Last Last Chance, 2009
From the Old Norse wreista meaning "to bend, twist," wrest shares its origin with the word wrist.