Definition of spanner in English:


Line breaks: span|ner
Pronunciation: /ˈspanə


chiefly British
  • A tool with a shaped opening or jaws for gripping and turning a nut or bolt.
    More example sentences
    • He collects some other tools, a hammer, nails, spanners, screwdrivers and a few more saw-blades, and slots them into the zippered pouches on his backpack.
    • I know one particular man who actually got a rowing boat and went across in his dinner hour and welded spanners, wedges and hammers to the bulk head and rowed back again.
    • Unless you have pretty particular interests you're probably not going to have much use for a magnifying glass, a spanner or a miniature jig-saw.


spanner in the works

see work.


late 18th century: from German spannen 'draw tight' + -er1.

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