\ 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

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Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones, attended the show's Season 8 premiere in New York City Wednesday night with wife Lisa Bonet by his side and his pink velvet Fendi scrunchie on his right wrist. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jason Momoa Wore His Pink Oscars Scrunchie to the Game of Thrones Premiere and We Almost Missed It," 5 Apr. 2019 Bickhaus broke a bone in her right wrist during her junior basketball season. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Jacqueline Bickhaus preps for 'season to remember' at Buffalo Grove," 14 July 2018 In one smooth motion, Bamba elevated, flicked his right wrist and made the shot. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Mo Bamba shows flashes of potential in Magic debut," 7 July 2018 In a separate incident, an 11-year-old girl was being treated Thursday after receiving second-degree burns Wednesday night on her right wrist and abdomen from a sparkler purchased in Glen Burnie, officials said. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "Illegal fireworks spark injuries, confiscations across D.C. region," 5 July 2018 Cooper, whose right wrist was broken the first week of the season, played four innings Monday and went 2 for 2. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Same old story. Marlins rally for come-from-behind win over Giants.," 19 June 2018 Another sustained a wrist fracture, but didn’t see a doctor until three days later. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas has found 150 health violations at migrant children shelters," 8 June 2018 The Food and Drug Administration has already approved three products this year that use AI to help diagnose health problems, including one Thursday that detects wrist fractures. Casey Ross, STAT, "Artificial intelligence is evolving fast. Can the FDA keep up?," 25 May 2018 Turner, on his third game back after missing the first 40 games recovering from a wrist fracture, cleared the bases with a double in the third and drove in two more with another double the following inning. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Dodgers still aren't good - but at least they're no longer neck-and-neck with Marlins," 17 May 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


\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

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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