Allen wrench

Allen wrench
noun Etymology: Allen Manufacturing Co., Hartford, Conn. Date: 1943 an L-shaped hexagonal metal bar either end of which fits the socket of a screw or bolt

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Allen wrench™ — Allen key™ f16 [ˈælən kiː] [ˈælən kiː] (BrE) (NAmE ˈAllen wrench™) noun a small tool used for turning an ↑Allen screw …   Useful english dictionary

  • Allen wrench — [ˈælən rentʃ] n AmE [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Allen Manufacturing Company of Hartford, Connecticut] a tool used to turn an Allen screw British Equivalent: Allen key …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Allen wrench — n. [often a w ] a thin, L shaped wrench with a hexagonal head at both ends, designed to fit the sockets of certain screws and bolts …   English World dictionary

  • Allen wrench — noun A hex head wrench. Syn: Allen key, hex head wrench, hex key See Also: Allen screw, Allen bolt …   Wiktionary

  • Allen wrench — a wrench for Allen screws, formed from a piece of hexagonal bar stock bent to a right angle. See illus. under wrench. [formerly a trademark] * * * …   Universalium

  • Allen wrench — Al′len wrench n. bui a wrench for Allen screws, formed from a piece of hexagonal bar stock bent to a right angle …   From formal English to slang

  • Allen wrench — noun a wrench for Allen screws • Hypernyms: ↑wrench, ↑spanner …   Useful english dictionary

  • Allen wrench — Al|len wrench [ ælən ,rentʃ ] noun count AMERICAN a simple L shaped metal tool used for turning a screw that has a hole with six sides in the top …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Allen wrench — noun (C) AmE an Allen key …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Allen wrench — An rod with six sides and often L shaped. Used to remove certain screws and fastenings, especially set screws. Sometimes called hex wrenches or Allen key …   Dictionary of automotive terms

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