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

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 One of them was protected by a ballistic vest while the other was hit under the vest and sustained a gunshot wound. Rosana Hughes, ajc, 16 Jan. 2022 Salty sustained a wound to her front leg and some wear and tear to her paws after being out in the snow for nearly a week but is in good health overall. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, 10 Jan. 2022 About 15 minutes after police responded to the triple shooting, officers were dispatched to a hospital for a call about a man who’d walked in for treatment of a gunshot wound, police said. Alex Mann, baltimoresun.com, 1 Jan. 2022 Allen said Degerness may have sustained a gunshot wound, but that has not been confirmed. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 15 Dec. 2021 Another homicide happened in the 300 block of W 119th St. involving a 44-year-old man who sustained a gunshot wound to the back. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 14 Dec. 2021 The girl in critical condition sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, Bouchard said. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 2 Dec. 2021 Authorities found a juvenile male victim who sustained a life-threatening gunshot wound, Coleman said. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, 16 Nov. 2021 Souza, who was behind Hutchins at the time, sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was treated at a Santa Fe hospital and released Friday. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 27 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His final shot wound up a miss in the Timbers’ penalty shootout against New York City FC as Portland lost the MLS Cup final at home in December. oregonlive, 20 Jan. 2022 Despite an initially amiable relationship with the Byrdes, things wound up going very sour. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 19 Jan. 2022 During the fourth quarter, which the Jazz won by a 34-14 margin, the Nuggets wound up shooting just 6 for 23 (26.1%). Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 Prior to the public health crisis, buying and selling typically wound down during the winter months and picked up momentum in the spring and summer. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 12 Jan. 2022 But somehow, someway, Georgia's Nakobe Dean wound up with a 2022 Alabama National Champions hat. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Jan. 2022 After the 2008 recession and immigration crackdowns by the Obama and Trump Administrations, large numbers of Maya wound up on the margins of cities such as San Cristóbal. Peter Canby, The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022 Thankfully, not as prevalent an issue in Week 18, though a dozen Philadelphia Eagles wound up on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including DT Fletcher Cox and TE Dallas Goedert. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 Before long, the line wound throughout the large drugstore. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 9 Jan. 2022

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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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“Wound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wound. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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 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

wound

transitive verb

Medical Definition of wound (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause a wound to or in

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