from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The joint between the hand and the forearm.
  • n. See carpus.
  • n. The part of a sleeve or glove that encircles the wrist.
  • transitive v. To shoot (a puck) by making a wrist shot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The complex joint between forearm bones, carpus, and metacarpals where the hand is attached to the arm; the carpus in narrow sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The joint, or the region of the joint, between the hand and the arm; the carpus. See Carpus.
  • n. A stud or pin which forms a journal; -- also called wrist pin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That part of the fore limb or arm which comes between the forearm and the hand, and by which the latter is joined or jointed to the former; the wrist-joint; technically, the carpus, or the carpal articulation.
  • n. The ankle or the instep.
  • n. In machinery, a stud or pin projecting from the side of a crank, wheel, or other moving part, and forming a means of attachment to a connecting-rod leading to some other part of the mechanism. Also called wrist-pin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a joint between the distal end of the radius and the proximal row of carpal bones


Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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. (Wiktionary)



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