American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A painful wrenching or laceration of the ligaments of a joint.
- n. The condition resulting from a sprain.
- v. To cause a sprain to (a joint or ligament).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To press; push.
- To overstrain, as the muscles or ligaments of a joint so as to injure them, but without luxation or dislocation.
- n. A violent straining or wrenching of the soft parts surrounding a joint, without dislocation. The ordinary consequence of a sprain is to produce some degree of swelling and inflammation in the injured part.
- n. The injury caused by spraining; a sprained joint.
- n. The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining; as, a bad sprain of the wrist.
- v. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To weaken, as a joint, ligament, or muscle, by sudden and excessive exertion, as by wrenching; to overstrain, or stretch injuriously, but without luxation.
- n. The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining.
- v. twist suddenly so as to sprain
- n. a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
- 1601, verb attested 1622. Possibly from Middle French espraindre ("to press out, to wring"), from Latin exprimere, in which case cognate to express. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“He has a high ankle sprain, which is a much more difficult sprain," Lowe said.”
“-- A sprain is usually the result of some involuntary stress coming upon the part.”
“A twist or strain of the ligaments and soft parts about a joint is known as a sprain, and may result from a great variety of accidents.”
“-- A sprain is the tearing of the ligaments or capsule of a joint and bursting of small blood vessels, and swelling.”
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