Wrist
Wrist Wrist, n. [OE. wriste, wrist, AS. wrist; akin to OFries. wriust, LG. wrist, G. rist wrist, instep, Icel. rist instep, Dan. & Sw. vrist, and perhaps to E. writhe.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Anat.) The joint, or the region of the joint, between the hand and the arm; the carpus. See {Carpus}. [1913 Webster]

He took me by the wrist, and held me hard. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mach.) A stud or pin which forms a journal; -- also called {wrist pin}. [1913 Webster]

{Bridle wrist}, the wrist of the left hand, in which a horseman holds the bridle.

{Wrist clonus}. [NL. clonus, fr. Gr. ?. See {Clonic}.] (Med.) A series of quickly alternating movements of flexion and extension of the wrist, produced in some cases of nervous disease by suddenly bending the hand back upon the forearm.

{Wrist drop} (Med.), paralysis of the extensor muscles of the hand, affecting the hand so that when an attempt is made to hold it out in line with the forearm with the palm down, the hand drops. It is chiefly due to plumbism. Called also {hand drop}.

{Wrist plate} (Steam Engine), a swinging plate bearing two or more wrists, for operating the valves. [1913 Webster]


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  • wrist — wrist; wrist·band; wrist·bone; wrist·drop; wrist·er; wrist·let; wrist·lock; wrist·watch; wrist·work; …   English syllables

  • wrist — [rist] n. [ME < OE < base of wræstan, to twist, WREST] 1. the joint or part of the arm between the hand and the forearm; carpus 2. the corresponding part in an animal 3. the part of a sleeve, glove, etc. that covers the wrist 4. WRIST PIN ☆ …   English World dictionary

  • wrist — (n.) O.E. wrist, from P.Gmc. *wristiz (Cf. O.N. rist instep, O.Fris. wrist, M.Du. wrist, Ger. Rist back of the hand, instep ), from P.Gmc. *wrig , *wreik to turn (see WRY (Cf. wry)). The notion is the turning joint …   Etymology dictionary

  • wrist — S3 [rıst] n [: Old English;] the part of your body where your hand joins your arm on/around your wrist ▪ She had a gold watch on her wrist …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wrist — [ rıst ] noun count ** the part of your body between your hand and your arm: He looked at the gold watch on his wrist. a. slash your wrists to cut your wrists, especially in order to hurt or kill yourself …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wrist — ► NOUN ▪ the joint connecting the hand with the forearm. ORIGIN Old English, probably related to WRITHE(Cf. ↑writhe) …   English terms dictionary

  • Wrist — Wappen Deutschlandkarte …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • wrist — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ bony, slender, small, thin, tiny ▪ limp, weak ▪ broken, fractured …   Collocations dictionary

  • Wrist — Infobox Anatomy Name = wrist joint Latin = articulatio radiocarpalis GraySubject = 86 GrayPage = 327 the first pic is SICK Lymph = | Caption = A human wrist. Caption2 = Precursor = System = Artery = Vein = Nerve = MeshName = Wrist+joint… …   Wikipedia

  • wrist — /rist/, n. 1. the carpus or lower part of the forearm where it joins the hand. 2. the joint or articulation between the forearm and the hand. 3. the part of an article of clothing that fits around the wrist. 4. Mach. See wrist pin. [bef. 950; ME …   Universalium

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