to overstrain or wrench (the ligaments of an ankle, wrist, or other joint) so as to injure without fracture or dislocation.
a violent straining or wrenching of the parts around a joint, without dislocation.
the condition of being sprained.
- un·sprained, adjective
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How to use sprain in a sentence
McLaurin is dealing with a high ankle sprain, and playing means doing it through considerable discomfort.Washington football preview: Alex Smith on track to start vs. Eagles with playoffs on the line | Nicki Jhabvala | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Thomas has not played since suffering a high ankle sprain that day.Tom Brady and the Bucs were no match, again, for Drew Brees and the Saints | Mark Maske | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
McCaffrey had 10 catches for 82 yards and a touchdown in his return to the Panthers’ lineup after being sidelined since Week 2 by a high ankle sprain.Steelers stay unbeaten, Chargers drop another heartbreaker in NFL Week 9 | Cindy Boren, Mark Maske, Des Bieler | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
McCaffrey has been sidelined since suffering a high ankle sprain in Week 2 of the season.Teddy Bridgewater shakes off 'cheap shot,’ but Falcons keep it together to hold off Panthers | Mark Maske | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Christian McCaffrey, the highest-paid back in the NFL, went down with a high ankle sprain in Week 2.Running Backs Are As Replaceable As Ever This Year. So Why Did Kansas City Pick Up Le’Veon Bell? | Josh Hermsmeyer | October 16, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
On the day the news broke of Titanic's arrest in the Rothstein case, Grassy sprain started the legend rolling.
Members of the Grassy sprain Country Club, near New York City, blurted out a story that had been on their minds for a month.
The Patriots have the better offense if tight end Rob Gronkowski has sufficiently recovered from a high ankle sprain.The Material Super Bowl: Madonna, Ferris Bueller—and the Game, Too | Buzz Bissinger | February 3, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The maid's ankle had sustained a dreadful sprain, and she had several bruises of a very painful character.They Looked and Loved | Mrs. Alex McVeigh Miller
Jean's ankle was much better—the sprain proved to be not even a strain—but her wrist was painful.Penelope's Experiences in Scotland | Kate Douglas Wiggin
If this is impossible, then a rubber tube or a handkerchief is tied snugly between the sprain and the trunk of the body.The Mother and Her Child | William S. Sadler
The next cricket season this champion was disabled by a severe sprain of the wrist, needing leeches, splints, and London advice.Life of John Coleridge Patteson | Charlotte M. Yonge
Dr. Raunay came and pronounced a bad sprain of the left arm to be the only injury the man had received.The Quiver 3/1900 | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for sprain
(tr) to injure (a joint) by a sudden twisting or wrenching of its ligaments
the resulting injury to such a joint, characterized by swelling and temporary disability
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