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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Synonyms for wound

Synonyms: Verb

damage, harm, hurt, injure

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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

Kaliloa was rushed to the hospital on July 17 with gunshot wounds to his neck and leg and underwent surgery but died early the next morning. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Officers killed in the line of duty in 2018," 19 Sep. 2018 Police found a 55-year-old man in the area with multiple gunshot wounds. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Gunman sought after fatal shooting near 24th Street and Roeser Road," 13 July 2018 Officers found a person lying in the yard with gunshot wounds to the back and neck, police said. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "3 charged in death of man who was beaten and shot in Gage Park," 13 July 2018 Spence was found 188 Westland St. with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Hartford Police Arrest Suspects In March, June Homicides," 11 July 2018 Those with open wounds are encouraged by the New Jersey Health Department to avoid brackish water, according to WPVI. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Flesh-eating bacteria may cost a man all his limbs. He got it while crabbing, family says," 10 July 2018 Michael’s death, caused by an undiagnosed complication from a gunshot wound, left Jane a bereaved widow. Maria Tallarico, Glamour, "9 Jane the Virgin Fan Theories That Will Keep You Up at Night," 11 Jan. 2019 Officers found an unresponsive 37-year-old man on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound, the post said. Asia Fields, The Seattle Times, "Seattle police arrest 19-year-old after fatal Pioneer Square shooting," 4 Dec. 2018 With hair loss and an open wound on his back, fearful in nature and tick infested, the sweet 11-year-old Australian kelpie now has a second chapter in his time with AHS. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Adopt a dog or cat from metro Phoenix shelters this week," 5 July 2018

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Photo: stephane mahe/Reuters Tuesday night’s terrorist attack in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, in which three people were killed and several others wounded, could further add to a bleak pre-Christmas mood among shoppers. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "French Riots Inflict Pain on Paris’s Shopkeepers," 13 Dec. 2018 The attack left at least eight members of the country's elite Revolutionary Guard dead and 20 others wounded, local media reported. Fox News, "The Latest: Iran: 24 dead, 53 wounded in parade attack," 22 Sep. 2018 Caretaker Home Minister Agha Umar Bungalzai told The Associated Press another 300 people were wounded in Friday's bombing. NBC News, "More than 100 people killed in Pakistan election violence," 14 July 2018 The resolution was prompted by the outburst of gun violence June 22-24 in the city, when multiple shooting incidents resulted in one person dead and 16 others wounded. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Gary government calling attention to its urban violence problem," 3 July 2018 The growing tribute at the scene where five people were gunned down and others wounded was one way to honor the dead. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "'We will not be silenced': Reporter at vigil for 5 slain in Capital Gazette shooting," 1 July 2018 By daybreak, one person was dead and two others wounded in three separate shootings on Forsyth Street. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "3 shootings within 3 hours on downtown Atlanta’s Forsyth Street," 29 June 2018 Last year, the city experienced one of the most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent years, with 15 people killed and 87 others wounded — all involving shootings. John Byrne, chicagotribune.com, "Police call on Pfleger to not shut down Dan Ryan with July peace march," 28 June 2018 The initiative comes months after a shooting in Parkland, Fla., sparked a national debate about gun violence, and weeks after 10 people were killed and 13 others wounded in a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "After school shootings, Burlington County directs $20 million to school safety," 12 June 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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