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span·ner

 (spăn′ər)
n.
1. A wrench having a hook, hole, or pin at the end for meshing with a related device on another object.
2. Chiefly British A wrench.

[German, winding tool, from spannen, to stretch, from Middle High German, from Old High German spannan; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

spanner

(ˈspænə)
n
1. (Tools) a steel hand tool with a handle carrying jaws or a hole of particular shape designed to grip a nut or bolt head
2. informal Brit a source of impediment or annoyance (esp in the phrase throw a spanner in the works)
[C17: from German, from spannen to stretch, span1]

span•ner

(ˈspæn ər)

n.
1. a person or thing that spans.
2. a wrench having a curved head with a hook or pin at one end for engaging notches or holes in collars, certain kinds of nuts, etc.
3. Chiefly Brit. a wrench, esp. one with fixed jaws.
[1630–40; (definitions 2,3) < German Spanner device for cocking a wheel-lock firearm; see span1 (v.), -er1]

spanner

wrench
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spanner - a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or boltspanner - a hand tool that is used to hold or twist a nut or bolt
adjustable spanner, adjustable wrench - an adjustable tool for gripping hexagonal nuts, with an adjustings crew in the head of the implement
Allen wrench - a wrench for Allen screws
alligator wrench - a wrench with a v-shaped jaw and serrations on one side (resembles the open jaws of an alligator)
box end wrench, box wrench - a wrench with a closed loop (a socket) that fits over a nut or bolt head
brace wrench - a wrench shaped like a brace (has a handle shaped like a crank) and a socket head
bulldog wrench - a wrench designed to provide a firm grip on something
carriage wrench - a wrench designed for use with carriage bolts
dog wrench - a wrench with a handle shaped like a crank
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
hook spanner, hook wrench - a wrench with a hook that fits over a nut or bolt head
jaw - holding device consisting of one or both of the opposing parts of a tool that close to hold an object
lug wrench - a wrench with jaws that have projecting lugs to engage the object that is to be rotated
open-end wrench, tappet wrench - a wrench having parallel jaws at fixed separation (often on both ends of the handle)
pin wrench - a wrench that has a projecting pin that fits into a socket on the object to be turned
screw key - a wrench for turning a screw
socket wrench - a wrench with a handle onto which sockets of different sizes can be fitted
sparkplug wrench - a wrench for removing or tightening spark plugs into the cylinder head of an internal combustion engine
tap wrench - a wrench for turning a tap to create an internal screw thread
torque wrench - a wrench that has a gauge that indicates the amount of torque being applied

spanner

noun
Chiefly British. A tool with jaws for gripping and twisting:
Translations
مِفْتَاحُ رَبْطمِفْتاح صَمولَه
klíč
skruenøgle
jakoavain
ključ za matice
villáskulcs
skrúflykill
スパナ
스패너
veržliaraktis
uzgriežņu atslēga
ključ za matice
skruvnyckel
กุญแจเลื่อน
İngiliz anahtarısomun anahtarı
cờ lê

spanner

[ˈspænəʳ] N (gen) → llave f de tuercas, llave f de tubo; (adjustable) → llave f inglesa
to throw or put a spanner in the worksmeter un palo en la rueda

spanner

[ˈspænər] n (British)clé f, clé f de mécanicien
to throw a spanner in the works (= cause problems) → mettre des bâtons dans les roues

spanner

n (Brit) → Schraubenschlüssel m; to put or throw a spanner in the works (fig)jdm Knüppel or einen Knüppel zwischen die Beine werfen; that’s a real spanner in the worksdas ist wirklich ein Hemmschuh

spanner

[ˈspænəʳ] n (Brit) → chiave f inglese
adjustable spanner → chiave f a rullino
to throw a spanner in the works (fig) → mettere il bastone tra le ruote

spanner

(ˈspӕnə) noun
a type of tool used for tightening or loosening nuts, bolts etc.
throw a spanner in the works
to frustrate or ruin (a plan, system etc).

spanner

مِفْتَاحُ رَبْط klíč skruenøgle Schraubenschlüssel κλειδί llave inglesa jakoavain clé anglaise ključ za matice chiave inglese スパナ 스패너 moersleutel fastnøkkel klucz (maszynowy) płaski chave inglesa гаечный ключ skruvnyckel กุญแจเลื่อน İngiliz anahtarı cờ lê 扳手
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