Wrist meaning

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The wrist is the part of the arm between the hand and forearm, or the part of a shirt that covers this area of the body.

An example of the wrist is where a bracelet or a watch is worn.

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The part of a sleeve or glove that encircles the wrist.
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To shoot (a puck) by making a wrist shot.
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The joint or part of the arm between the hand and the forearm; carpus.
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The part of a sleeve, glove, etc. that covers the wrist.
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The joint between the human hand and forearm.
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A similar joint in other vertebrates.
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(anatomy) The complex joint between forearm bones, carpus, and metacarpals where the hand is attached to the arm; the carpus in narrow sense.
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The corresponding part in an animal.
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a slap on the wrist
  • A token punishment that is much less severe than seems called for.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a slap on the wrist

Origin of wrist

  • Middle English from Old English wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English wrist, from Proto-Germanic *wristiz (compare Low German Wrist, German Rist 'back of hand, instep, withers', Swedish vrist), from *wrīþanan 'to twist, turn'. More at writhe.

    From Wiktionary