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Meaning of SPRAIN

Pronunciation:  spreyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
  2. [v]  twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"

SPRAIN is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: rick, turn, twist, wrench, wrick
 See Also: injure, pull, twist, wound, wrench



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sprain\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sprained}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Spraining}.] [OF. espreindreto press, to force out, F.
    ['e]preindre, fr. L. exprimere. See {Express}, v. t., and cf.
    To weaken, as a joint, ligament, or muscle, by sudden and
    excessive exertion, as by wrenching; to overstrain, or
    stretch injuriously, but without luxation; as, to sprain
    one's ankle.
  2. \Sprain\, n.
    The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining;
    as, a bad sprain of the wrist.
    {Sprain fracture} (Med.), the separation of a tendon from its
       point of insertion, with the detachment of a shell of bone
       to which the tendon is attached.
Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Injury in which ligaments are damaged or a muscle stretched or torn.