What does the word wrench mean?

Usage examples for wrench

  1. Quick as lightning Chris Lisle's firm, strong hand gripped his rival by the wrist; there was a savage wrench given to the arm, and, after a miserable attempt at resistance, Glyddyr leant over to ease the agony he felt. – King of the Castle by George Manville Fenn
  2. Perhaps she hoped that she might wrench herself free and make her escape into the street, but in this she was disappointed. – The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace
  3. As he drew near he was observed by both parties to stop abruptly in his career, and wrench out of the ground a stake that had been meant for the corner- post of a newly- begun hut. – The Madman and the Pirate by R.M. Ballantyne