\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

Definition of wrist

1 : the joint or the region of the joint between the human hand and the arm or a corresponding part on a lower animal
2 : the part of a garment or glove covering the wrist

Examples of wrist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Taylor said the action by the SEC amounted to little more than a slap on the wrist. Chris Isidore, CNN, 17 May 2022 If the past is any guide, regulators will not muster more than a slap on the wrist. David Trainer, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 DeSclafani hit first baseman Garrett Cooper on the wrist to send in a run in the fourth and Cooper had to exit the game. Susan Slusser, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Apr. 2022 Perhaps unsurprisingly, the academy’s announcement of Smith’s 10-year ban was greeted with mixed reactions on social media, with some arguing that the penalty went too far and others calling it a slap on the wrist for a slap in the face. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2022 The catcher wears a pad with buttons on the wrist to signal both pitch type and location to the pitcher, who hears it directly through a listening device. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 Apr. 2022 Musk’s windfall may come with a slap on the wrist in the form of a fine from the SEC, but will likely be limited to hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to the legal and security experts. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 Schneiderman’s settlement with Aspen Dental, however, wasn’t even a slap on the wrist. NBC News, 28 Mar. 2022 In the end, Gammon was vindicated at a hearing, and the clinic got a slap on the wrist for discriminating against him. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wrist

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

History and Etymology for wrist

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Middle High German rist wrist, ankle, Old English wrǣstan to twist — more at wrest

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27 May 2022

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“Wrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrist. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for wrist


\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

Kids Definition of wrist

: the joint or the region of the joint between the hand and arm


\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

Medical Definition of wrist

: the joint or the region of the joint between the human hand and the arm or a corresponding part on a lower animal

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