wound

noun
\ ˈwünd How to pronounce wound (audio) , archaic or dialectal ˈwau̇nd How to pronounce wound (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wound (audio) , 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 How to pronounce wound (audio) \

Definition of wound (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of wind

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Synonyms for wound

Synonyms: Verb

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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 The woman was found suffering a stab wound to her leg. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Police: Woman hospitalized after stabbing in Franklin, Ohio apartment," 25 Nov. 2020 Gunner, meanwhile, had a single puncture wound to its stomach. Peter Aitken, Fox News, "Florida man saves dog from alligator, smokes cigar the whole time," 24 Nov. 2020 Gunner had one puncture wound in his belly and did fine after a trip to the veterinarian's office. Jay Croft, CNN, "Florida retiree wrestles puppy from jaws of alligator," 21 Nov. 2020 Investigators said he was killed by a single gunshot wound to the head. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Decatur police: 53-year-old man confesses to 1995 homicide," 19 Nov. 2020 Vazquez had a gunshot wound to his torso and other injuries to his head, police said at the time, and a paramedic pronounced him dead at the scene. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Waterbury man charged with murder after capture by US Marshals, detectives," 9 Nov. 2020 The officer has a gunshot wound to the upper thigh but is in good condition, Harrison said. Washington Post, "Baltimore police fatally shot person who fired at officers, commissioner says," 9 Nov. 2020 Jenkins was shot in the abdomen, lower back and left side, and had a graze wound to his right thigh, according to the report. Paige Fry, chicagotribune.com, "He was shot to death at a CTA station in Rogers Park, a neighborhood he loved and always came back to, even when it became dangerous for him," 29 Oct. 2020 Authorities have yet to reveal further details about the boy’s wound from the single gunshot. Paul Walsh, Star Tribune, "Gunfire from 'unknown location' hits 9-year-old boy in St. Cloud," 25 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Orgeron had never been a coordinator when he was hired at Ole Miss and wound up at LSU, where the Tigers won the national championship last season. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "LSU-Arkansas live stream (11/21): How to watch college football online, TV, time," 21 Nov. 2020 Another of the Americans who had tackled the gunman, Spencer Stone, rushed to save Moogalian, putting his fingers in the bullet wound to stop the bleeding. Jeffrey Schaeffer And John Leicester, Star Tribune, "At Paris trial, passengers recall disarming of train gunman," 19 Nov. 2020 Trump actually wound up winning the electoral vote 304-227 after several electors, including two from Texas, refused to cast their ballots for their party’s candidates. Elizabeth Thompson, Dallas News, "Rep. Louie Gohmert sees ‘revolution’ as option in face of ‘cheated election’," 16 Nov. 2020 Aspen was an alpine skier and Brynn was a two-time Gatorade player of the year in volleyball — both wound up at the Air Force Academy, and Aspen is becoming an A-10 pilot — and Lauren is a Dimond High sophomore volleyball player. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage’s Hunter Sulte signs with Portland Timbers of the MLS," 12 Nov. 2020 Beshear wound up winning by a fraction of a percent, receiving 5,146 more votes. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Mason-Dixon poll shows McConnell with 9-point lead over McGrath in Kentucky Senate race," 21 Oct. 2020 After leaving, Price wound up at the Kwik Chek gas station in Wolfe City. Washington Post, "Texas police officer charged with murder after shooting," 7 Oct. 2020 Justify wound up winning the Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont that year for the Triple Crown. Joe Drape, New York Times, "Authentic Wins the Kentucky Derby, Run Without Fans," 5 Sep. 2020 Despite their dismal start, the Nationals wound up winning the World Series, emerging as one of the unlikeliest champions in history. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Nationals Should Be Happy There Wasn’t a 60-Game Season in 2019," 26 June 2020

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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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The first known use of wound was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Wound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wound. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for wound

wound

noun
How to pronounce wound (audio) How to pronounce wound (audio)

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
How to pronounce wound (audio)

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 How to pronounce wound (audio) \

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 How to pronounce wound (audio) \

Kids Definition of wound (Entry 3 of 3)

past tense and past participle of wind

wound

noun
\ ˈwünd How to pronounce wound (audio) \

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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