a. The joint between the human hand and forearm.
b. A similar joint in other vertebrates.
c. See carpus.
2. The part of a sleeve or glove that encircles the wrist.
tr.v. wrist·ed, wrist·ing, wrists
To shoot (a puck) by making a wrist shot.
[Middle English, from Old English; see wer-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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