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wrist

[rist] /rɪst/
noun
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.
Machinery, wrist pin.
Origin
950
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
1.
(anatomy) the joint between the forearm and the hand Technical name carpus
2.
the part of a sleeve or glove that covers the wrist
3.
(machinery)
  1. See wrist pin
  2. a joint in which a wrist pin forms the pivot
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German, Old Norse rist. See wriggle, wry
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Word Origin and History for 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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wrist in Medicine

wrist (rĭst)
n.

  1. The joint between the hand and the forearm.

  2. See carpus.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for wrist

Wrinkle City

noun phrase
  1. Old age; the golden years: Women live with an unspoken fear of Wrinkle City/ I mean, 45 isn't exactly Wrinkle-City
  2. (also Wrinkle Village) A place inhabited or frequented by old people: I'm not quite ready to dodder around Wrinkle Village (1980s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with wrist

wrist

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Encyclopedia Article for wrist

carpus

complex joint between the five metacarpal bones of the hand and the radius and ulna bones of the forearm. The wrist is composed of eight or nine small, short bones (carpal bones) roughly arranged in two rows. The wrist is also made up of several component joints: the distal radioulnar joint, which acts as a pivot for the forearm bones; the radiocarpal joint, between the radius and the first row of carpal bones, involved in wrist flexion and extension; the midcarpal joint, between two of the rows of carpal bones; and various intercarpal joints, between adjacent carpal bones within the rows. The numerous bones and their complex articulations give the wrist its flexibility and wide range of motion

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