\ ˈwänd How to pronounce wand (audio) \

Definition of wand

1 : a slender staff carried in a procession : verge
2 : a slender rod used by conjurers and magicians
3 : a slat six feet by two inches used as a target in archery also : a narrow strip of paper pasted vertically on a target face
4 : any of various pipelike devices especially : the rigid tube between the hose and the nozzle of a vacuum cleaner
5 : a handheld device used to enter information (as from a bar code) into a computer

Examples of wand in a Sentence

The cashier used a wand to scan the bar code.
Recent Examples on the Web This SmartyKat toy consists of three parts: the light-up base, the interchangeable wand, and the polyester skirt. Christine Hayes, USA TODAY, "20 things you need if you're obsessed with your pet," 25 June 2020 For the crafting table in the Minecraft exhibition, employees will disinfect the tiles with an ultraviolet light wand, a temporary solution until the museum can introduce technology that allows visitors to grab the pieces virtually. Andrea Sachs, Washington Post, "Cultural institutions reopen with a more hands-off approach," 25 June 2020 Made with copper, class, and rubber, the minimalist feeder looks like it was made with Joanna Gaines' magic design wand and has arrived straight out of a home reveal on Fixer Upper. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Sweet Feeders Geometric Window Hummingbird Feeder is Perfect for Birdwatching at Home," 23 June 2020 This toilet also has a self-cleaning function, using UV light and electrolyzed water to sanitize the bowl and spray wand. Popular Science, "Smart toilets that might improve your entire life," 17 June 2020 Susan Smith, a Naples, Florida, retiree, says among her precautions is a UV wand, a device that uses ultraviolet light that can be waved over surfaces to kill bacteria. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Traveling again? Leisure and business travelers share tips to stay safe from coronavirus," 16 June 2020 An animated wand of Cover Girl mascara endlessly separated eyelashes above messages about rejecting animal cruelty. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Protesting Past Curfew in New York City," 4 June 2020 At the Mandarin Oriental, they’re used in wine wands to help extrapolate tannins. Fortune, "Why people are turning to crystals and not diamonds," 31 May 2020 Last year, the actress shared a series of photos from Halloween, featuring herself dressed in a Harry Potter Gryffindor robe, wand in hand, accompanied by her three sons, husband and nephew for a night of trick-or-treating. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Megan Fox Opens Up About Son Noah's Decision to Wear Dresses: 'Be Confident No Matter What'," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of wand

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wand

Middle English, slender stick, from Old Norse vǫndr; probably akin to Old English windan to wind, twist — more at wind entry 3

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The first known use of wand was in the 13th century

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“Wand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wand. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of wand

: a long, thin stick used by a magician or during magic tricks
: a long, thin electronic device used to gather or enter information


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Kids Definition of wand

: a slender rod a magic wand

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