\ ˈwänd \

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.

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With goalkeeper Carlos Roa now venturing out of goal to close down the angle, the Reds' forward then pulled of his final wave of the magic wand on an awe-inspiring drive through the Argentinian spine. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 5 Weeks to Go - Anatomy of a Goal: Michael Owen vs Argentina at France 1998," 20 May 2018 Using that high frequency wand and waving it around a few patches around my face two or three times a week is going to benefit reducing the bacteria and preventing breakouts. Lindsay Peoples, The Cut, "A Beauty Expert on Switching Up Your Skin-Care Routine," 13 July 2018 Just twirl the wand through your top lashes from root to tip, and wink on. Rebecca Dolgin, Seventeen, "5 Super Easy Tricks to Slash 35 Minutes Off Your Morning Makeup Routine," 17 Aug. 2016 The latest anti-cheating weapon to discover such devices is a wand the education officials said was invented by an Iraqi physics teacher. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Make-or-Break Exams Bring Out the Best and Brightest Cheaters," 5 July 2018 Keep in mind that this isn’t the time for foolish wand waving, okay? refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 24 June 2018 There will be house cookies and magic wands for sale. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "'Party That Shall Not Be Named' returns July 28 to celebrate all things Harry Potter," 13 July 2018 Our favorite curling wand for quick styling Styling your hair can be a real drag and can seem futile in the summer heat. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "Here are the 5 best deals on Amazon right now," 19 June 2018 One station used a Harry Potter theme to illustrate the contest, depicting the candidates as wizards complete with cloaks and wands. The Economist, "South Korea’s ruling party wins a landslide victory in local elections," 14 June 2018

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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

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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


\ ˈwänd \

Kids Definition of wand

: a slender rod a magic wand

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