Pronunciation: (rest),[key] —v.t. 1. to twist or turn; pull, jerk, or force by a violent twist.
2. to take away by force: to wrest a knife from a child. 3. to get by effort: to wrest a living from the soil. 4. to twist or turn from the proper course, application, use, meaning, or the like; wrench.
—n. 1. a wresting; twist or wrench.
2. a key or small wrench for tuning stringed musical instruments, as the harp or piano, by turning the pins to which the strings are fastened.