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spanner

a steel hand tool with a handle carrying jaws or a hole of particular shape designed to grip a nut or bolt head
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spanner

[′span·ər]
(design engineering)
A wrench with a semicircular head having a projection or hole at one end.
(engineering)
A horizontal brace.
An artificial horizon attachment for a sextant.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

spanner, span piece

A horizontal cross brace or collar beam.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Thirty spanners have been offered to the railway for use on future projects, including restoring a locomotive with the aim of putting it back into service.
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Made from fully polished chrome vanadium steel the Professional 10 piece Ratchet Spanner Set is metric, comes with a lifetime guarantee and costs pounds 79.99 at Halfords stores.
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For a loading process that involves vehicles moving down a long line of railroad cars, the new spanners were as much an obstacle as a bridge.
"Those spanners caused just all kinds of problems," said Crow.
Crow pondered the problem and concluded: Why not reduce the spanners' height, then increase the support to make up for the loss in depth?
As a guide, half our sets featured the same length of 10, 13 and 17mm spanners at 140, 170 and 210mm respectively.
Rory Stockbridge of the AA's research division measured all the 10, 13 and 17mm spanners to ensure they were correct.
With Castrol Golden Spanner Ustaad Mechanic Awards, Castrol has provided an opportunity for mechanics to showcase their skills.
The national finals of the Castrol Golden Spanner Ustaad Mechanic contest held in Mumbai, today had three rounds of contests including - a Quiz, Jigsaw puzzle round and a live car diagnostic / repair test.