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sprain

noun (n)

  • a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments (noun.state)
    source: wordnet30
  • The act or result of spraining; lameness caused by spraining; as, a bad sprain of the wrist. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • twist suddenly so as to sprain (verb.body)
    Synonym: rick, turn, twist, wrench, wrick
    Example:
    The hikers sprained their ankles when they fell.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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