\ 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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The attraction’s largest store is located at the entrance (and exit) of the tour, and features everything a Potter fan might want, from replica wands to Hogwarts Quidditch t-shirts to scarves and sweaters for each of the school’s four houses. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "London’s Harry Potter Studio Tour Is Even More Magical in the Snow," 25 Dec. 2018 Crowds get so big that the hospital has brought in volunteers with parking wands to direct traffic. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "Flash Mob With Flashlights Shines Holiday Cheer to Sick Children," 24 Dec. 2018 If your lower lashes look crazy long with mascara on them, try pressing the brown formula onto just the base of your lashes with the wand. Elizabeth Siegel, Allure, "Why Makeup Artists Swear by Using Two Mascaras to Make Your Eyes Stand Out," 10 Oct. 2018 Random searches with wands raised concerns about whether they’re being used fairly effectively. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Report recommends 100 safety improvements as a result of Parkland shooting," 4 June 2018 Security staff has checked anyone with bags quite thoroughly, poking through them with sticks and scanning them with wands. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Phoenix Comic Fest 2018: The craziest, coolest things we saw," 24 May 2018 The collection, now available at Barney's, includes a rose facial mist that Madonna keeps in her bag at all times along with a face wash, eye masks, eye and face serums, and a purifying magnetic clay mask with a vibrating removal wand. Lauren Hubbard, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Now Buy the Face Mask Madonna Uses on Her Butt," 26 Sep. 2017 That means no flat irons or curling wands, and definitely no blowdryers. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "The Best Hairstyles At Cannes Don't Require Any Hot Tools," 14 May 2018 If someone wants to really go all out, there’s the Fairy Bear Deluxe Gift Set that includes Fairy Bear fully decked out in fantastical attire — light-up fairy wings, princess wand, and fairy sparkle flats included. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Build-A-Bear Now Has a Unicorn That You Can Dress in Magical Accessories," 11 Apr. 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


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Kids Definition of wand

: a slender rod a magic wand

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