\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web But well before Harry ever picked up a wand, Edward ever laid eyes on Bella or Katniss volunteered to stand in for her sister, Han was devouring books. Mary Cadden, USA TODAY, 17 July 2021 That’s done by holding a charging wand over the chest for one hour, Cakulev said. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 6 July 2021 The only wand of Sailor Moon’s that emits two different attacks. Devon Sherer, Vulture, 2 July 2021 With five heat settings, this curling wand is suitable for all hair types. Jennifer Ford, Forbes, 17 June 2021 On a screen, my back crinkling white paper, my legs lying limp and restless, my belly lubed up, a wand pressed into me. Krys Malcolm Belc, Harper's BAZAAR, 16 June 2021 For example, while a wand might be good for targeting household items like doorknobs, a pouch might be best for fitting smaller items like a phone. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, 17 May 2021 Use a watering can or a soaker wand attached to the garden hose. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 This triple-threat iron works interchangeably as a wand, marcel and curling iron. Pamela Edwards Chrisitiani, Essence, 5 May 2021

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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 31 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce wand (audio) \

Kids Definition of wand

: a slender rod a magic wand

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