, n. 1. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. Hooker.
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2. Active or moving power. [Obs.] Spenser.
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3. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music.
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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.
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4. A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined.
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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.
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