American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A cramp or spasm of the muscles of the fingers, hand, and forearm during writing.
- n. idiomatic An debilitating pain preventing easy movement of the wrist, hand, or fingers, resulting from prolonged use of a pen or pencil.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Med.) a painful spasmodic affection of the muscles of the fingers, brought on by excessive use, as in writing, violin playing, telegraphing, etc. Called also
- n. muscular spasms of thumb and forefinger while writing with a pen or pencil
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