Definitions of sprain

  1. 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"
  2. a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
  3. 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.
  4. The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining; as, a bad sprain of the wrist.
  5. A collective term for muscle and ligament injuries without dislocation or fracture. A sprain is a joint injury in which some of the fibers of a supporting ligament are ruptured but the continuity of the ligament remains intact. A strain is an overstretching or overexertion of some part of the musculature.
  6. A severe twisting or straining of the muscles or ligaments around a joint; the condition resulting from such a twisting.
  7. To overstrain or twist, as the muscles or ligaments around a joint.
  8. 1. An injury to a joint, with possible rupture of some of the ligaments or tendons, but without dislocation or fracture. 2. To cause a sprain of a joint.
  9. A wrenching of a part, attended by subsequent inflammation.
  10. To overstrain the muscles of a joint.
  11. An excessive strain of the muscles of a joint.
  12. To strain or wrench, as a joint.
  13. Wrench of a joint.
  14. To cause a sprain in.
  15. A straining or twisting of the ligaments surrounding a joint.
  16. An excessive strain of the muscles or ligaments of a joint without dislocation.
  17. To overstrain the muscles or ligaments of a joint, so as to injure them.
  18. An excessive strain of the muscles or ligaments of a joint, causing much pain.
  19. To overstrain the ligaments of a joint without dislocation.

Usage examples for sprain

  1. A poultice of wheat bran, or rye bran, and vinegar, very soon takes down the inflammation occasioned by a sprain – The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia M. Child
  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
  3. There, Uncle Dan, now we know the Italian for sprain – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
  4. Making my way carefully across the plateau, for the ground was stiff with small holes and gullies and I had no wish to sprain my ankle, I began the descent of the opposite side. – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  5. " A slight sprain said Nanni; " he hopes it is nothing serious!" – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
  6. It was not, however, a regular sprain – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  7. Perhaps," I added, looking at the boot, " only a slight sprain – The Bell-Ringer of Angel's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  8. O Mairi Dhu, you gave yon sprain To poor Dun Para's arm; It is myself would have the work Undoing of the harm- I'd twist around the three- ply cord Well- knotted o'er the charm. – Elves and Heroes by Donald A. MacKenzie
  9. He'd be damned befo' I'd bind up a sprain for him! – The Miller Of Old Church by Ellen Glasgow
  10. Some of us had to sprain ankles and make believe to step on snakes, and then Mamie Sue had to be lost and traced, only she didn't know it yet; so Tony said that we would have to start very early. – Phyllis by Maria Thompson Daviess
  11. I think they dare not go back to Sprain with this, dishonour, to their King and overthrow of the Pope's credit. – History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete by John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009
  12. A sprain may be a slight affair, needing only a brief rest, or it may be severe and painful enough to call for the most skillful treatment by a surgeon. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  13. The way to know the reach of your arm is to sprain it. – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  14. Mebbe 'twill save ye a sprain – Country Neighbors by Alice Brown
  15. How is the sprain – The City of Fire by Grace Livingston Hill
  16. A sprain is relieved from the first pains by hot fomentations, or the application of very hot bandages, but entire rest is the chief permanent remedy. – The American Woman's Home by Catherine E. Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe
  17. Make my compliments to Mr. Harte, and tell him that I have consulted about his leg, and that if it was only a sprain he ought to keep a tight bandage about the part, for a considerable time, and do nothing else to it. – Letters to His Son, 1749 by The Earl of Chesterfield
  18. If I tried to lift that bench, I should sprain my wrist. – More About Peggy by Mrs G. de Horne Vaizey
  19. The next picador, too, went down heavily under his jade and received an awkward sprain – Spanish Highways and Byways by Katharine Lee Bates
  20. " If it had not been for this confounded sprain I should have come out all right;" and then followed the details with which the reader is acquainted, although little could be got out of Webb. – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe