\ 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.
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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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“Wand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wand. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition of wand

: a slender rod a magic wand

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