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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 Family members released a video of 9-month-old Brixton, who is recovering from a shot to the chest and a grazed wrist. CBS News, "Funerals for Americans killed in Mexico ambush draw hundreds," 7 Nov. 2019 Butler suffered a broken wrist during the Titans’ 30-20 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "NFL season ends early for Kwon Alexander, Malcolm Butler," 6 Nov. 2019 Jann-Fiete Arp remains on the sidelines with a broken wrist, and Lucas Hernandez could be out until next month with an ankle problem. SI.com, "Bayern Munich vs Olympiacos Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 5 Nov. 2019 Additionally, freshman Franz Wagner continues to recover from a fractured right wrist. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball vs. Appalachian State: Scouting report, prediction," 4 Nov. 2019 In overtime, freshman Elizabeth Loftus saw a window of opportunity and unleashed a wrist shot to send the Raiders (18-1) to a win in their quarterfinal matchup against the Warriors (11-6-3). BostonGlobe.com, "Approximately 4,200 runners from 246 schools converged on the Wrentham Development Center for the Frank Mooney Coaches Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The mind-set of most runners was to prepare for the MIAA State Divisional Meets, which is next week on the same course.," 3 Nov. 2019 Sutter and Micheal Ferland opened a dominant first period with a nice give-and-go sequence that ended with Sutter putting a wrist shot past Montembeault 1:14 into the game. sun-sentinel.com, "Montembeault blitzed by Canucks as Panthers’ point streak ends," 29 Oct. 2019 Henrique beat Francouz with a wrist shot between the circles just 50 seconds into the game. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avs drop first home game of season with loss to Ducks," 26 Oct. 2019 Turris evened the game at 2 at 13:30 of the third with a wrist shot just underneath the cross bar on a Nashville power play. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trocheck’s shootout goal gives Panthers 3-2 win over Preds," 19 Oct. 2019

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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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How to pronounce wrist (audio)

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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