wound

noun
\ ˈwünd , archaic or dialectal ˈwau̇nd \

Definition of wound 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an injury to the body (as from violence, accident, or surgery) that typically involves laceration or breaking of a membrane (such as the skin) and usually damage to underlying tissues

b : a cut or breach in a plant usually due to an external agent

2 : a mental or emotional hurt or blow

3 : something resembling a wound in appearance or effect especially : a rift in or blow to a political body or social group

wound

verb
\ ˈwünd , archaic or dialectal ˈwau̇nd \
wounded; wounding; wounds

Definition of wound (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cause a wound to or in

intransitive verb

: to inflict a wound

wound

\ ˈwau̇nd \

Definition of wound (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of wind

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Examples of wound in a Sentence

Noun

She suffered a knife wound to her thigh. Her mother's scorn left a wound that never healed.

Verb

Four people were seriously wounded in the explosion. The soldier's leg was wounded by a grenade. Losing the match wounded his pride .
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Officials said Celiz died Thursday of wounds from enemy small arms fire. Fox News, "Soldier from South Carolina killed in combat in Afghanistan," 13 July 2018 Raselbach’s mother was treated for superficial wounds and released. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Man charged with murder, attempted murder in connection with West Hollywood knife attack," 12 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The unidentified man in the car had a gun shot wound, NBC 6 reported. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A car crashed into a tree. When cops arrived, they found the bullet holes.," 13 July 2018 One of those neighbors made his way into the 79-year-old’s home and found her body face down just inside her front entryway with a kitchen knife still buried in her back and an unspecified number of stab wounds, the Houston Chronicle reported. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Ex-con was on cocaine, PCP when ‘voices’ told him to kill his 79-year-old mom, Texas cops say," 12 July 2018 Avondale officers found the 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound in a parking lot, according to a spokesman for the Police Department. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "17-year-old boy shot and killed in Avondale; police seek public's help," 7 July 2018 Suspects limped into court with open wounds, saying they had been tortured by the police. The Economist, "Uganda’s politicised police force is not reducing crime," 5 July 2018 It can be caused by a number of things, including frostbite, deep vein thrombosis, improperly treating a wound, or infection, the medical news site writes. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Russian rocker kicked off flight for odor dies of disease he called 'very smelly'," 28 June 2018 One man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, and the other was shot in the buttocks and thigh. David Owens, courant.com, "Two Shootings, One Fatal, Within Hours In New Haven," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Far from the initial fighting was the Catholic church, a supposedly safe place for triage, and beleaguered and wounded students were arriving from the front lines by pickup truck, by motorbike, and on foot. Joshua Partlow, chicagotribune.com, "Inside the church where Nicaraguan paramilitaries laid siege on university students," 14 July 2018 Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a home. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Israel exchanges intense fire with Hamas militants in Gaza," 14 July 2018 In 1990, on the occasion of a soccer game in the Croatian capital of Zagreb, there was a notorious brawl between Serbs and Croats that left sixty people wounded. Larry Wolff, WSJ, "Croatia Offers Redemption for Eastern Europe," 13 July 2018 Nahariya’s Galilee Medical Center has treated the majority of the Syrian wounded. Dina Kraft, The Christian Science Monitor, "Syrian civil war, on Israel's doorstep, brings swirl of changing attitudes," 11 July 2018 The new owner had started life as a barber who rose to become a prominent politician under Napoleon, but who later lost Napoleon’s patronage and retired wounded to his house to brood and collect great works of art. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 2018 The mortar struck McKee in the head and significantly wounded a second man, according to the release. Michelle Quinn, Post-Tribune, "1 killed, 1 injured when fireworks detonate 'prematurely'," 8 July 2018 Phoenix police are searching for a shooter who wounded another man following an argument Friday night. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Phoenix police searching for shooter," 7 July 2018 The bombing, which left 22 dead and many wounded, has continued to affect Ariana. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Speaks Out About Pete Davidson's 2017 Manchester Bombing Joke," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of wound

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for wound

Noun

Middle English, from Old English wund; akin to Old High German wunta wound

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wound

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wound

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an injury that is caused when a knife, bullet, etc., cuts or breaks the skin

: a feeling of sadness, anger, etc., that is caused by something bad that has happened to you

wound

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wound (Entry 2 of 2)

: to injure (someone or something) by cutting or breaking the skin

: to cause (someone) to feel emotional pain

wound

noun
\ ˈwünd \

Kids Definition of wound

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an injury that involves cutting or breaking of bodily tissue a knife wound

2 : an injury or hurt to a person's feelings or reputation

wound

verb
wounded; wounding

Kids Definition of wound (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to hurt by cutting or breaking bodily tissue

2 : to hurt the feelings or pride of His cruel remark wounded her.

wound

\ ˈwau̇nd \

Kids Definition of wound (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of wind

wound

noun
\ ˈwünd \

Medical Definition of wound 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a physical injury to the body consisting of a laceration or breaking of the skin or mucous membrane often with damage to underlying tissue has a deep festering knife wound across the palm a gunshot wound

b : an opening made in the skin or a membrane of the body incidental to a surgical operation or procedure infection of a surgical wound

2 : a mental or emotional hurt or blow emotional wounds of childhood

Medical Definition of wound (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause a wound to or in

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