wrist

[ rist ]
/ rɪst /
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noun

the carpus or lower part of the forearm where it joins the hand.
the joint or articulation between the forearm and the hand.
the part of an article of clothing that fits around the wrist.
Machinery. wrist pin.

Nearby words

  1. wring together,
  2. wringer,
  3. wrinkle,
  4. wrinklies,
  5. wrinkly,
  6. wrist joint,
  7. wrist pin,
  8. wrist plate,
  9. wrist shot,
  10. wrist sign

Origin of wrist

before 950; Middle English, Old English; cognate with German Rist back of hand, Old Norse rist instep; akin to writhe

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British Dictionary definitions for wrist

wrist

/ (rɪst) /

noun

anatomy the joint between the forearm and the handTechnical name: carpus
the part of a sleeve or glove that covers the wrist
machinery
  1. See wrist pin
  2. a joint in which a wrist pin forms the pivot

Word Origin for wrist

Old English; related to Old High German, Old Norse rist. See wriggle, wry

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Word Origin and History for wrist

wrist

n.

Old English wrist, from Proto-Germanic *wristiz (cf. Old Norse rist "instep," Old Frisian wrist, Middle Dutch wrist, German Rist "back of the hand, instep"), from Proto-Germanic *wrig-, *wreik- "to turn" (see wry). The notion is "the turning joint."

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Medicine definitions for wrist

wrist

[ rĭst ]

n.

The joint between the hand and the forearm.
carpus

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Idioms and Phrases with wrist

wrist

see slap on the wrist.

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