Definition of wrist in English:



  • 1The joint connecting the hand with the forearm.

    See also carpus
    • ‘If you feel joint pain in your wrists, elbows, shoulders or lower back, stop using the weights.’
    • ‘Working with your wrist in a more neutral or straight position will help to prevent injuries in the wrist and forearm.’
    • ‘Boils occur most often on the face, head, neck, forearms and wrists in that order.’
    • ‘For example, the arm can be numbed with an injection into the upper arm or armpit to allow a broken wrist to be treated.’
    • ‘Early in rheumatoid arthritis, joints in your wrists, hands, feet and knees are the ones most often affected.’
    • ‘Osteoarthritis usually does not affect the wrists, elbows or shoulders.’
    • ‘In adults, lead poisoning can result in damage to the central nervous system and severely weaken fingers, joints, wrists and ankles.’
    • ‘A twin pair of white gloves covered her up to about mid forearm, and her wrists were weighted down by silver jewelry.’
    • ‘The median nerve passes into the hand via the carpal tunnel of the volar aspect of the wrist.’
    • ‘Recoil management is controlled by the muscles of the forearms, wrists and hands in isometric opposition.’
    • ‘The sudden movement and intense power required by throwers can lead to injuries to the upper body limbs, usually the shoulder, elbows and wrists.’
    • ‘Maintain a slight bend in your elbows and keep your wrists aligned with your forearms.’
    • ‘If you use your wrist and elbow more than the rest of the arm, try to spread the load so that the larger muscles of the shoulder and upper arm work too.’
    • ‘Ganglia are swellings that occur around joints, the most common sites being the wrist and ankle.’
    • ‘Wrist guards help prevent fractured wrists, one of the most common injuries among in-line skaters.’
    • ‘For example, the nickel found in some jewellery may cause eczema on the ear lobes, wrists, and around the neck.’
    • ‘The rash usually affects the wrists, ankles, elbows, lower back or genitals, but other parts of the body can also be affected.’
    • ‘Excessive or repeated use of the muscles that straighten the wrist can cause injury to the tendons, leading to tennis elbow.’
    • ‘First he checks the pulse of my left wrist, then the pulse from my right wrist.’
    • ‘If there are any symptoms, including painful, tingling or swollen hands, elbows, wrists or shoulders it is important to get treatment quickly.’
    1. 1.1The equivalent joint (the carpal joint) in the foreleg of a quadruped or the wing of a bird.
      • ‘White underwing linings and some white at the wrist above are visible when the bird flies.’
      • ‘The hands and wrists of Archaeopteryx and maniraptoran theropods are extremely similar.’
      • ‘Adults are generally mottled light-and-dark underneath, with dark patches at the wrists.’
      • ‘When dry, their feathers do not conduct electricity, but their wrists and wing bones do.’
      • ‘However, the hawk is larger and stockier, with clean white underwings and distinctive dark wrists and belly.’
      • ‘Below, wings are mostly buff, and the patches at the wrists are dark.’
      • ‘It has white wing-patches at the wrists, visible both when the bird is perched and when it flies.’
    2. 1.2The part of a garment covering the wrist; a cuff.
      • ‘Embroidery of colorful dragons chasing their tails encircles the cuffs of her wrists, hemline and neckline.’
      • ‘The dress was a lovely jade green with eggplant touches at the wrists, hem and neckline.’
      • ‘Dragons on the neckline, at the wrists and at the hemline of the gown stare boldly outward.’
      • ‘The sleeves were white and had an elastic cuff around her wrist causing it to take a bell shape somewhat.’
      • ‘It was low, yet not revealing, and her sleeves were long and loose with tight cuffs at the wrists.’
  • 2(in a machine) a stud projecting from a crank as an attachment for a connecting rod.

    • ‘As we stated earlier, the wrist pins use snap rings to keep the pin from moving, and the Crower bushing allows the pins to be free floating rather than fixed.’
    • ‘The flat four's assembly process is different from a standard in-line engine's, so the wrist pins must be full-floating units.’


Old English, of Germanic origin, probably from the base of writhe.