[ span-er ]
/ ˈspæn ər /


a person or thing that spans.
Also called spanner wrench. 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.Compare pin wrench.
Chiefly British. a wrench, especially one with fixed jaws.

Origin of spanner

First recorded in 1630–40; span1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for spanner

/ (ˈspænə) /


a steel hand tool with a handle carrying jaws or a hole of particular shape designed to grip a nut or bolt head
British informal a source of impediment or annoyance (esp in the phrase throw a spanner in the works)

Word Origin for spanner

C17: from German, from spannen to stretch, span 1
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