an·kle | \ˈaŋ-kəl \

Definition of ankle 

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg also : the region of this joint

2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)

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But recently the Butlers and their company MARS Bioimaging tested the full size version of the scanner on Phil, who allowed his ankle and wrist, including his wristwatch, to be imaged. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays," 13 July 2018 All the adults were fitted for ankle bracelets, their tether to the federal government. Annie Correal, New York Times, "‘Mi Amor!’: Tearful Scenes as Immigrant Reunions Begin in New York," 11 July 2018 These parents, who had been in detention, were supposed to be reunited with their children Tuesday, but complications with ankle bracelets delayed the process, according to Andrea Sáenz, a lawyer with the nonprofit Brooklyn Defender Services. Melanie Grayce West And Arian Campo-flores, WSJ, "A Day After Court Deadline, a Round of Family Reunifications at 26 Federal Plaza," 11 July 2018 Those parents are in immigration custody and will be paroled into the community with ankle monitoring bracelets to await their immigration cases. Kristina Davis,, "Trump administration says detained parents must decide whether to keep families intact," 10 July 2018 The agency could instead track most people through check-in appointments, ankle bracelets and the like, reserving detention only for the truly dangerous or for those about to be deported. Margo Schlanger, Washington Post, "You’ve heard the calls to #AbolishICE. Here’s what that could mean.," 9 July 2018 One such alternative, using ankle bracelets, is run by a subsidiary of GEO Group called BI, under contract with ICE. Fortune, "Prison Operators Could Cash In on ‘Zero Tolerance’ Immigration Policy," 28 June 2018 One strategy is to let migrants live in the community, while submitting to varying degrees of oversight, from wearing ankle bracelets to checking in regularly with caseworkers. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Trump Administration’s Family Values," 22 June 2018 Will, for instance, an ankle bracelet interfere with a defendant’s ability to work while awaiting trial? Joi Ito, WIRED, "AI Isn’t a Crystal Ball, But It Might Be a Mirror," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of ankle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ankle

Middle English ankel, from Old English anclēow; akin to Old High German anchlāo ankle

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English Language Learners Definition of ankle

: the joint where the foot joins the leg


an·kle | \ˈaŋ-kəl \

Kids Definition of ankle

1 : the joint between the foot and the leg I broke my ankle.

2 : the area containing the ankle joint


an·kle | \ˈaŋ-kəl \

Medical Definition of ankle 

1a : the joint between the foot and the leg that constitutes in humans a ginglymus joint between the tibia and fibula above and the talus below

called also ankle joint

b : the region of the ankle joint

2 : the joint between the cannon bone and pastern (as in the horse)

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