\ 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 The officer, Brian Cummings, sustained a minor wrist injury and is at home on standard critical incident leave, police said. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 9 July 2021 Rojas said several other injured Mets should play this week for Syracuse, including IF Jonathan Villar (right calf), C Tomas Nido (right wrist) and RHP Jeurys Familia (right hip). Jerry Beach, Star Tribune, 27 June 2021 Ball sustained a wrist injury that forced him to miss 21 games and gave Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards a window to close the gap with his rookie performance. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 17 June 2021 Jaylen Brown: out for season (wrist), Robert Williams III: out (ankle), Kemba Walker: out (knee). Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 1 June 2021 Already playing without Brown (fractured wrist), the Celtics went into the night without starting point guard Walker (knee bone bruise) and big man Robert Williams (turf toe). BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2021 That was the case with quarterback Dak Prescott (ankle), tackles La’el Collins (hips), Tyron Smith (neck), tight end Blake Jarwin (knee), wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) defensive tackle Trysten Hill (knee) and Smith (wrist). Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 25 May 2021 Suns coach Monty Williams elected to rest his All-Star backcourt, Jae Crowder (ankle), Deandre Ayton (knee) and Cam Johnson (wrist) despite needing a win to stay in contention for the top seed in the Western Conference. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2021 But the injury report has bloated with Damion Lee (health and safety protocol), Kelly Oubre Jr. (wrist), and Eric Paschall (hip). Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 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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Wrisberg's nerve



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“Wrist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrist. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for wrist



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


\ ˈrist How to pronounce wrist (audio) \

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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