\ 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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Each kid seemed to be jolted by a magic wand at the first sight of the small lake. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "California kids connect on a world-class Trinity-Divide hike," 19 July 2019 To set them into place, spray a clean mascara wand or toothbrush with alcohol-free hairspray before combing them through your hair. Abigail Whittington, Good Housekeeping, "10 Ways to Tame and Get Rid of Frizzy Hair for Good," 27 June 2019 If your cat plays roughly, consider investing in long cat wands with long strings and feathers attached, giving you ample distance from your cat’s claws. Mary-ann Fernandes, The Mercury News, "Critter corner: What to do about cat’s scratch fever," 21 June 2019 Alongside bubble wands and Pitch-N-Catch for the kids, there are Ruth Bader Ginsburg finger puppets for the adults. Grace Dickinson, https://www.inquirer.com, "The Piazza Pod Park opens in Northern Liberties on Saturday. Here’s what to expect," 4 June 2019 Close it tightly after each use, avoid pumping the wand in and out, and never, ever share your mascara with anyone. Jolene Edgar, Health.com, "When to Throw Away Your Makeup, According to a Dermatologist," 2 July 2019 Bumgarner doesn’t have 98 MPH in the tank the way Verlander does, and the Yankees don’t have Houston’s magical pitching trainers, who seem to wave their wands and add five miles per hour to anyone’s fastball. James O’connell, courant.com, "Madison Bumgarner is not the Yankees’ savior," 27 June 2019 Attacking is his primary focus, and his wand of a left foot allows him to whip in outstanding cross after outstanding cross. SI.com, "Copa America: 6 Young Players to Watch Out for at the 2019 Tournament," 11 June 2019 Extra security measures include the transportation of students by bus to and from the academy, the use of metal-detector wands, a single-point of entry in the building and an armed school resource officer. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "Howey peeved about plans for alternative school but resigned that it’s coming," 4 June 2019

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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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