sprain

noun
\ ˈsprān How to pronounce sprain (audio) \

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 The junior has posted those numbers despite suffering a broken jaw Sept. 25 at Michigan State and a high ankle sprain suffered in practice before the Cornhuskers’ Oct. 16 game at Minnesota. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Nov. 2021 Murray continues to rehab from a high left ankle sprain, which could force him to also miss his third straight game, and McCoy suffered a pectoral strain that knocked him out of Sunday’s 34-10 loss to the Panthers. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2021 From a concussion that cost him half of summer league to an ankle sprain that sidelined him throughout the preseason, Jones has run into obstacles that have slowed his progress in his second season. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Nov. 2021 Offensive lineman Jackson Powers-Johnson also was in full pads last week but didn’t play after missing time due to an ankle sprain suffered against UCLA last month. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 The injury turned out to be a high ankle sprain, according to coach Jim Harbaugh, which makes All’s short recovery time extremely impressive. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 14 Nov. 2021 Owusu-Koramoah suffered a high ankle sprain against the Cardinals, the same game the Browns lost running back Kareem Hunt to a calf injury. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 The back sprain is unrelated to the previous advice from doctors to rest. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2021 British media reported that the back sprain was not believed to be related to the recent medical advice to rest that prompted other cancellations. Sylvia Hui, chicagotribune.com, 14 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That, in turn, has led the 5-foot-8 senior to bruise, skin and sprain her hands, arms and legs countless times over the years. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, 22 Oct. 2021 Consider the game red rover, where one kid was invited/pressured to run into a chain of arms and inevitably dislocate a shoulder, bloody a nose or sprain a wrist. Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2021 Also, skydivers have been known to sprain their ankles or scrape up their knees even while landing with a parachute. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Sep. 2021 Don’t sprain anything or twist anything or lose your balance. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2021 The structural integrity of Leonard's knee has yet to be fully determined, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not offered any specific diagnosis other than sprain. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 17 June 2021 The Celtics took the first meeting, 111-104, last Saturday in Chicago. ■ Miscellany: Carter is expected to miss four to six weeks after spraining his right ankle at Dallas last Monday . . BostonGlobe.com, 12 Jan. 2020 The Suns were without Deandre Ayton, who sat Friday’s game after spraining his right ankle in his return game Tuesday from a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug policy. Duane Rankin, azcentral, 20 Dec. 2019 Raekwon Davis’ eight tackles tied Xavier McKinney for the team lead two weeks after spraining his ankle at Mississippi State. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 1 Dec. 2019

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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

origin unknown

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“Sprain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprain. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for sprain

sprain

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sprain

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

sprain

noun
\ ˈsprān How to pronounce sprain (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sprain (audio) \

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

sprain

transitive verb

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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