sprain vs strain : Common Errors in English

About sprain vs strain

So did you sprain your leg or strain it? It will take someone with medical training to say for sure. Technically, a sprain is a ligament injury and a strain is tendon or muscle injury. But don’t fret about the distinction if you’re trying to explain to your friends why you may not be able to finish a hike; they won’t hold it against you if your “sprain” turns out to be a “strain.”

sprain Meaning(s)

  • (n) a painful injury to a joint caused by a sudden wrenching of its ligaments
  • (v) twist suddenly so as to sprain

strain Meaning(s)

  • (n) (physics) deformation of a physical body under the action of applied forces
  • (n) difficulty that causes worry or emotional tension
  • (n) a succession of notes forming a distinctive sequence
  • (n) (psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
  • (n) a special variety of domesticated animals within a species
  • (n) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
  • (n) injury to a muscle (often caused by overuse); results in swelling and pain
  • (n) the general meaning or substance of an utterance
  • (n) an effortful attempt to attain a goal
  • (n) an intense or violent exertion
  • (n) the act of singing
  • (v) to exert much effort or energy
  • (v) test the limits of
  • (v) use to the utmost; exert vigorously or to full capacity
  • (v) separate by passing through a sieve or other straining device to separate out coarser elements
  • (v) cause to be tense and uneasy or nervous or anxious
  • (v) become stretched or tense or taut
  • (v) remove by passing through a filter
  • (v) rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
  • (v) alter the shape of (something) by stress

sprain in News

  1. Tony Parker injury: Spurs guard says he'd sit if it were regular season

    After suffering a Grade 1 hamstring sprain in Game 3 of the NBA Finals, Tony Parker won't force a return and remained noncommittal about his status a day before Game 4 against the Miami Heat, according to CBS Sports.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Philly.com

  2. Tony Parker: MRI shows slight sprain to hamstring; game status unknown

    SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker announced on his Twitter account on Wednesday that he suffered a slight hamstring sprain during Tuesday's Game 3 win over the Miami Heat. The message, which was in French, did not indicate what it meant for his Game 4 status.   Je viens de passer l'IRM. Résultat : je souffre d'une légère élongation à l'ischio. On verra demain comment je me... fb.me/1b7ckWTBw — tony ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: KENS 5 San Antonio

  3. Traffic: Heavy delays on N/B Sprain, accident on S/B Taconic

    Traffic was backed up for miles Wednesday on the northbound Sprain Brook Parkway at East Main Street in Greenburgh after an 8 a.m. accident blocked two lanes.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Journal News

strain in News

  1. Spurs' Parker (hammy strain) hopeful for Game 4

    Spurs' Parker (hammy strain) hopeful for Game 4
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CBS Sports

  2. Spurs' Parker (hamstring strain) hopeful in Game 4

    Spurs' Parker (hamstring strain) hopeful in Game 4
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CBS Sports

  3. Tony Parker has slight hamstring strain, hopes to play in Game 4 of NBA Finals

    Tony Parker has a hamstring strain, but hopes to play Thursday.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Yahoo! Sports

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