\ 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 Monday’s game against Cleveland marked the eighth in a row Walker has missed with a sore right wrist. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hopeful Lonnie Walker IV can return during road trip," 5 Apr. 2021 His absence further thins an Oakland outfield that is already without center fielder Ramón Laureano due to a jammed left wrist. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's place Chad Pinder on IL with knee sprain, call up A.J. Puk," 5 Apr. 2021 Nurkic missed 32 games with a broken right wrist and calf strain before returning March 26 at Orlando. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers’ Jusuf Nurkic out with knee inflammation for Tuesday’s game at the Los Angeles Clippers," 5 Apr. 2021 An elastic band at the wrist helps keep these gloves on and keep twigs and debris out. Field & Stream, "Best Hunting Gloves for Bowhunting, Bird Hunting, Duck Hunting, and More," 24 Feb. 2021 In his open palm, which was cuffed behind him at the wrist, was a key. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, "2034, Part I: Peril in the South China Sea," 26 Jan. 2021 Center Jusuf Nurkic, who broke his right wrist two days before McCollum broke his foot, is expected to return soon. oregonlive, "CJ McCollum returns for Portland Trail Blazers, albeit with some rust: ‘The rhythm is coming’," 17 Mar. 2021 Unfortunately, in that game senior post player Kaylee Murawski broke her wrist and will miss some time. Joe Magill, cleveland, "Which teams can make it to regionals? Area OHSAA girls basketball Division II sectional-district preview," 16 Feb. 2021 The defender broke her right wrist the night before. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "How the Boston Pride’s Jillian Dempsey, like many NWHL players, balances work and play," 30 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of wrist was before the 12th century

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9 Apr 2021

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“Wrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrist. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wrist

: the part of your body where your hand joins your arm


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Kids Definition of wrist

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


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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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