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 Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Ingram is dealing with more of a high-ankle sprain, which can be a multiweek injury. Daniel Oyefusi, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens RB Mark Ingram doubtful to play vs. Colts; Jimmy Smith, Devin Duvernay questionable," 6 Nov. 2020 Despite having a breakout performance against the Texans, tight end Anthony Firkser (TEN) can’t be trusted with such a difficult matchup if Smith is limited or sidelined with an ankle sprain. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 7: Start and Sit," 22 Oct. 2020 Texas junior running back Keaontay Ingram sustained a high-ankle sprain in last week’s overtime win over Oklahoma State and will not play this Saturday against West Virginia at Royal-Memorial Stadium. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Longhorns notebook: No. 22 Texas can’t let guard down vs. West Virginia," 3 Nov. 2020 Massie, 31, missed one game last season with a minor case of vertigo and then a high ankle sprain put him on the shelf for the final five weeks of the season. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Bobby Massie could miss a month with a knee injury, giving the Chicago Bears another issue on the offensive line," 3 Nov. 2020 Now with Ingram expected to miss some time with a high ankle sprain suffered against Oklahoma State, Johnson will be once again leaned on in a time of need. Marcus Krum, Dallas News, "Texas HC Tom Herman wary of stout West Virginia defensive front," 3 Nov. 2020 During his rookie season at LAFC, Moutinho battled an ankle sprain. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Orlando City nearly back to full strength ahead of playoffs," 1 Nov. 2020 Sophomore quarterback Spencer Sanders, who came back last week off a high ankle sprain, still needs quality reps for things to really start clicking. USA TODAY, "Texas upset? QB change for Georgia? Our bold predictions for Week 9 in college football.," 31 Oct. 2020 Sophomore running back Larry McCammon III was also inactive versus the Roadrunners due to an ankle sprain sustained against Marshall. Khobi Price, sun-sentinel.com, "FAU Owls significantly healthier vs. UTSA, though missing a few starters," 31 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Bulls thumbnails," 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, "Phoenix Suns: Ricky Rubio sounds off following loss at Oklahoma City," 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, "A deeper look at the curious game for Alabama’s defense," 1 Dec. 2019 The Raptors ruled out versatile forward Serge Ibaka indefinitely after spraining his right ankle. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "How the Raptors have adjusted following Kawhi Leonard's departure," 11 Nov. 2019 Callaway made an appearance on the sidelines in a walking boot for the first time since spraining the ankle against the Redskins. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "Nick Chubb fires up Baker Mayfield with 65-yard TD blast vs. Colts and more takeaways," 15 Aug. 2019 After all, people still get bladder infections, sprain their ankles, and need to reorder birth control. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "What A Toronto Doctor Wants You To Know About How To Really Support Healthcare Workers," 28 Apr. 2020 Treat sprains and strains with an ice pack and elastic bandage. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Items You Need to Keep in Your Backpack," 27 Apr. 2020 Scherr, averaging 16 points and Ryle’s all-time leader in every major statistic, sprained her ankle three minutes into the game. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Ryle steps up to win third straight Ninth Region title after senior star goes down," 8 Mar. 2020

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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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19 Nov 2020

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“Sprain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sprain. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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

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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