\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 firm is encouraging people to buy metal detectors and wands, which range from about $30 to $150, to donate to their high school alma maters. Meryl Kornfield, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parents buy metal detectors for schools as campaign kicks off to keep kids safe," 6 June 2018 Animal control trucks would be equipped with wands to check the chips, said Ald. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "City workers soon could take some lost pets back to owners instead of the pound," 18 Apr. 2018 The San Francisco startup is developing an optical imaging system—sufficiently compact to fit inside a skull cap, wand, or bandage—that scatters and captures near-infrared light inside our bodies to create holograms that reveal our occluded selves. Jason Pontin, WIRED, "Thought-Reading Machines and the Death of Love," 16 Apr. 2018 The teacher immediately notified police officials, who conducted a full sweep of the school with dogs and metal detector wands, according to a statement from the superintendent’s office. BostonGlobe.com, "blotter," 2 Apr. 2018 Kim certainly knows her way around a concealer wand (those under eyes! Brooke Shunatona, Cosmopolitan, "Kim Kardashian Just Posted the Sweetest Photo With Kris and M.J. to Announce Her New Concealer Kits," 13 Mar. 2018 In the first image of the above gallery, the left-side image shows two handheld wands made entirely of cardboard, while two foot clips made of plastic are shown as connected directly to the backpack, not fully extended to the floor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Crazy kaiju-robot antics only hint at Nintendo Labo’s true potential," 18 Jan. 2018 The officer appeared to have a light wand for directing traffic attached to her belt. Perry Vandell, azcentral, "Video shows Tempe officer dragging woman from car," 5 July 2018 The Governor, wearing pale chinos and a dark windbreaker, watched a worker demonstrate the magnetic wand, then squatted and ran the instrument under a rail flange himself. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, "Can Andy Byford Save the Subways?," 2 July 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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to express warning or disapproval

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