\ˈrist \

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

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Fifteen years of forced hard labor, bound ankle to wrist in chains, simply wasn’t proportionate to the offense of fudging a payroll ledger. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Cruel and Unusual, Amazon and PillPack, Biotech IPO Madness," 28 June 2018 Since returning from a wrist injury that kept him out for three months, Koepka has the one victory at Shinnecock Hills, a second place at the Fort Worth Invitational and tie for 11th at The Players Championship in seven events. William S. Paxton, USA TODAY, "Brooks Koepka overcomes lack of focus to finish strong at Travelers," 24 June 2018 Candelario was hit by a pitch from lefty Andrew Heaney on the left wrist in the bottom of the fourth inning. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers Jeimer Candelario, Ryan Carpenter exit game with injuries," 31 May 2018 Kuznetsov walked off the ice late in the first period after appearing to hurt his left wrist in a check by Brayden McNabb along the boards. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Evgeny Kuznetsov Questionable to Return to Game 2 With Injury," 30 May 2018 Luke Falk played through a broken wrist in 2017 and worked this spring with the QB coaches who've trained Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Stefanie Loh, The Seattle Times, "WSU’s Luke Falk isn’t the biggest or fastest QB, but he’s turned many heads in the NFL draft process," 24 Apr. 2018 The Los Angeles Dodgers look set to be without one of their key players for the start of the 2018 season, after Justin Turner suffered a broken wrist in a spring training game. Tom Roddy, Newsweek, "Watch: Dodgers’ Justin Turner Hit By Pitch, Breaks Wrist," 20 Mar. 2018 But in 2017, Johnson suffered a fractured wrist in the opening game and missed the rest of the season. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Arizona Cardinals' game plan music to Andre Smith's ears," 19 Mar. 2018 Her 13-year-old son, Jonathan, suffered a broken wrist in the crash. Clara Hatcher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Suspect in hit-and-run that killed Milwaukee mother driving home from church turns himself in," 9 Feb. 2018

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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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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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