sprain

noun
\ˈsprān \

Definition of sprain 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sudden or violent twist or wrench of a joint with stretching or tearing of ligaments

2 : a sprained condition

sprain

verb
sprained; spraining; sprains

Definition of sprain (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to injure by a sudden or severe twist

Examples of sprain in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Diagnosed with a high ankle sprain, Robinson missed 58 games. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 Defender Midge Purce, who suffered a right ankle sprain while with the U.S. Women's National Team, will miss the next three weeks, according to Parsons. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Thorns players Adrianna Franch, Hayley Raso and Emily Sonnett will travel for match against Chicago," 11 June 2018 New Orleans Pelicans guard Ian Clark is expected to miss the next 5-10 days after suffering a right ankle sprain in his team's 123-95 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday (April 4), according to coach Alvin Gentry. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' Ian Clark expected to miss 5-10 days with right ankle sprain," 5 Apr. 2018 Anderson suffered a left ankle sprain while defending Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. in the second quarter of a 120-104 win over Washington on Tuesday. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets forward Ryan Anderson ruled out of Thursday's game vs. Trail Blazers," 4 Apr. 2018 This kit gives you the equipment to deal with the most common injuries on the trail: blisters, sprains, cuts, stomachaches, and allergic reactions. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "Emergency Gear that Should Live in Your Daypack," 9 July 2018 Both West powers will be noticeably handicapped, as Curry is sidelined with a knee sprain and Leonard is missing in action due to a mysterious quadriceps injury. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "2018 NBA Playoffs: The Biggest Questions For Each Series," 12 Apr. 2018 Treveon Graham is now in the NBA’s concussion protocol and Dwayne Bacon missed Sunday’s game with a right ankle sprain. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte Hornets flat, swept by playoff-bound Philadelphia 76ers | Charlotte Observer," 1 Apr. 2018 Devin Booker is questionable after missing the last two games with a right hand sprain, as is T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation). Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Phoenix Suns, Game 72 preview and listings," 23 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then, another teammate fouled out and yet another sprained his ankle. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "For Charlotte Hornets, would drafting Alabama's Collin Sexton be Kemba Walker 2.0?," 14 June 2018 Markelle Fultz sprained his ankle in Vegas on July 8, 2017. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Landry Shamet to miss rest of NBA Summer League with sprained ankle," 7 July 2018 Kline sprained her ankle over the winter twice and then again rounding second base in a preseason game this spring. C.j. Doon, baltimoresun.com, "2018 All-Metro softball Player of the Year: Campbell Kline, Severna Park," 7 July 2018 After playing three games with Wisconsin on minor-league rehab, infielder Tyler Saladino (sprained ankle) moved up to Class AAA Colorado Springs. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Twins 5 (10): After falling behind on yet another grand slam, Brewers rally," 2 July 2018 Perez sprained his knee after spring training and missed the first three weeks of the season. Maria Torres, kansascity, "'Opposite of what we drew up': Soler's fractured foot is the Royals' latest bad break," 16 June 2018 The utility infielder sprained his ankle Thursday morning after the Angels arrived from Southern California. Jeff Miller, latimes.com, "After a failed defection attempt from Cuba and ban, Jose Fernandez makes his MLB debut in Angels' 4-2 win over Twins," 9 June 2018 Then last weekend, Falkenstein sprained his left ankle in a game against Kentucky’s Bullitt East. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "Shortstop Bailey Falkenstein hopes to help Jeffersonville at sectional," 22 May 2018 Shane Larkin sprained his left shoulder in Game 4 against Philadelphia and won't be ready for this series. Joe Vardon, cleveland.com, "From thrown soup to broken legs, Cavaliers and Celtics survived and thrived in chaos to reach Eastern finals," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of sprain

Noun

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1622, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sprain

Noun

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sprain

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sprain

: to injure (a joint) by twisting it in a sudden and painful way

sprain

noun
\ˈsprān \

Kids Definition of sprain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an injury that results from the sudden or severe twisting of a joint with stretching or tearing of ligaments

sprain

verb
sprained; spraining

Kids Definition of sprain (Entry 2 of 2)

: to injure by a sudden or severe twist She fell and sprained her ankle.

sprain

noun
\ˈsprān \

Medical Definition of sprain 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a sudden or violent twist or wrench of a joint causing the stretching or tearing of ligaments and often rupture of blood vessels with hemorrhage into the tissues also : the condition resulting from a sprain that is usually marked by swelling, inflammation, hemorrhage, and discoloration — compare strain entry 3 sense b

Medical Definition of sprain (Entry 2 of 2)

: to weaken (a joint or ligament) by sudden and violent twisting or wrenching : stretch (ligaments) injuriously without dislocation of the joint

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