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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wrest  \Wrest\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Wrested};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Wresting}.]  [OE.  wresten,  AS  wr?stan;  akin  to  wr??  a 
  twisted  band,  and  wr[=i]?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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Wrest  \Wrest\,  n. 
  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. 
  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  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  take  away  with  force;  "She  wrested  the  will  from  her 
  brother's  hands"  [syn:  {pull  away},  {force  away}] 
  2:  seize  forcibly  or  violently;  "wrest  the  knife  from  his 

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