wrist

noun
\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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The force of the panga strike to her left arm severed it at the wrist. Nick Turse, Teen Vogue, "The Democratic Republic of Congo Has Humanitarian Crises Leaving Millions of Children In Danger," 14 Nov. 2018 Precision is everywhere on view, from the simple jewel necklines that curve like celestial rings around the throat, to long sleeves that narrow into perfect pools at the wrists (tiny invisible zippers allow the hand through). Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘James Galanos: Design Integrity’ Review: The West Coast King of Fashion," 10 Nov. 2018 At a shelter set up in a school in the nearby city of Escuintla, workers fastened colorful ID bracelets on the wrists of people who are among several thousand displaced by the eruption. Fox News, "Search for Guatemala eruption victims halted as death toll hits 109," 2 Oct. 2018 Mike Moustakas followed with a single on a ground ball that hit third baseman Kyle Seager on the wrist of his glove hand. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Homers again do in Ian Kennedy and the Royals as they lose to Mariners," 29 June 2018 What this internal discussion will consist off is unknown, but it's not expected to be much more than a light slap on the wrists. SI.com, "Barca Chief Admits Gerard Pique Involvement in Griezmann 'Decision' Video Has Caused 'Bad Feeling'," 20 June 2018 Jeff Park held Barry’s hand by the wrist and examined the watch. Gary Shteyngart, The New Yorker, "The Luck of Kokura," 18 June 2018 At a shelter set up in a school in the nearby city of Escuintla, workers fastened colorful ID bracelets on the wrists of people who are among several thousand displaced by the eruption. Time, "Search Has Been Suspended After Guatemala Volcano Eruption, 109 Deaths Confirmed," 9 June 2018 Clay ended up scoring the final touchdown but unfortunately broke his wrist in the process. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 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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More Definitions for wrist

wrist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wrist

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

wrist

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\ˈrist \

Kids Definition of wrist

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

wrist

noun
\ˈrist \

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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