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Definitions of sprain

  1. To overstrain or twist, as the muscles or ligaments around a joint. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To overstrain the muscles of a joint. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To strain or wrench, as a joint. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To cause a sprain in. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining; as, a bad sprain of the wrist. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. To overstrain the muscles or ligaments of a joint, so as to injure them. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. To overstrain the ligaments of a joint without dislocation. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. An excessive strain of the muscles of a joint. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Wrench of a joint. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. A straining or twisting of the ligaments surrounding a joint. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. An excessive strain of the muscles or ligaments of a joint without dislocation. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. An excessive strain of the muscles or ligaments of a joint, causing much pain. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for sprain

  1. Perhaps," I added, looking at the boot, " only a slight sprain – The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  2. That was a pretty bad sprain he had- he's all right now, though; went on practice yesterday. – The Tides of Barnegat by F. Hopkinson Smith
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