Wrest pin
Wrest Wrest, n. 1. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

2. Active or moving power. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

4. A partition in a water wheel, by which the form of the buckets is determined. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • wrest pin — wrest′ pin n. peg 4) • Etymology: 1780–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • wrest pin — noun : a pin in a stringed musical instrument (as a harp, piano) around which the ends of the strings are coiled and by which the instrument is tuned * * * peg (def. 5). [1780 90] * * * wrest pin noun A pin round which the end of a wire (eg a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wrest pin — peg (def. 5). [1780 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • Wrest — Wrest, n. 1. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. Active or moving power. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music. [1913 Webster] The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wrest plank — Wrest Wrest, n. 1. The act of wresting; a wrench; a violent twist; hence, distortion; perversion. Hooker. [1913 Webster] 2. Active or moving power. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. A key to tune a stringed instrument of music. [1913 Webster] The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wrest — v. & n. v.tr. 1 force or wrench away from a person s grasp. 2 (foll. by from) obtain by effort or with difficulty. 3 distort into accordance with one s interests or views (wrest the law to suit themselves). n. archaic a key for tuning a harp or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • wrest block — noun : pin block * * * wrest block or wrest plank noun (in a piano, etc) the board fitted with the wrest pins • • • Main Entry: ↑wrest …   Useful english dictionary

  • wrest plank — noun : pin block * * * wrest block or wrest plank noun (in a piano, etc) the board fitted with the wrest pins • • • Main Entry: ↑wrest …   Useful english dictionary

  • pin block — noun : a wooden block or plank in a piano into which the wrest pins are driven called also wrest plank * * * n. the part of a piano or harpsichord holding the tuning pins …   Useful english dictionary

  • wrestpin — wrest pin n. One of the pins to which the strings of a musical instrument, especially of a keyboard instrument, are attached and by turning which they are tuned. * * * …   Universalium

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