\ 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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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 There’s something about making old dark spots and annoying zits disappear with the swipe of a wand (literally) that feels like magic. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "The 5 Best Concealers for Acne-Prone Skin, According to Dermatologists," 10 Jan. 2019 Unfortunately, no magic wand exists to transform mathematics in public education. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Your Say: How can we improve public education?," 14 June 2019 For example, Portland will install rubber speed bumps and plastic wands at 40 traffic lights this year to try and slow down left-turning vehicles (20% of pedestrian crashes happen when drivers fail to yield to pedestrians). oregonlive.com, "3 people die in crashes hours after Portland celebrates traffic safety plan," 14 June 2019 Spread out on the counters before them were pens in a rainbow of colors, each a tiny magic wand looking for its perfect owner. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The handwriting is on the wall: Fountain pens are back.," 10 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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The first known use of wand was in the 13th century

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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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