wand

noun \ ˈwänd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

  1. The cashier used a wand to scan the bar code.

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Origin and Etymology of wand

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



WAND Defined for English Language Learners

wand

noun

Definition of wand for English Language Learners

  • : a long, thin stick used by a magician or during magic tricks

  • : a long, thin electronic device used to gather or enter information


WAND Defined for Kids

wand

noun \ ˈwänd \

Definition of wand for Students

:a slender rod
  • a magic wand


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