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

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

The woman suffered a gunshot wound in the leg and the girl was grazed in the back by a bullet, Pollozani said. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "2 people were injured when a fight between parents led to a shooting at a youth football game in Texas," 14 Sep. 2019 But Trudeau also suffered several wounds — many of them self-inflicted. Washington Post, "Trudeau launches Canada’s election season dogged by scandal, Scheer," 13 Sep. 2019 Was there a lot of time spent in hair and makeup for your gunshot wound and other injuries? Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "The Bold Type actress Katie Stevens discusses her new horror movie Haunt," 13 Sep. 2019 Police arrived to find three victims who had suffered stab wounds. Alyssa Stoney, azcentral, "Woman arrested after Phoenix stabbing that left 1 dead, 2 injured, police say," 6 Sep. 2019 Before his wounds could heal completely, the Guru got involved in archery, which proved fatal. Sondeep Sankar, Quartz India, "In photos: A glorious history of Sikhism," 3 Sep. 2019 Many of its restive members long to quit government and lick their wounds in opposition. The Economist, "Elections in the east test Germany’s creaky unity government," 31 Aug. 2019 The person who was stabbed suffered wounds that were possibly life-threatening, San Diego police Officer John Buttle said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD searching for stabbing suspect near Old Town," 27 Aug. 2019 Inside the house were an adult and a juvenile who suffered gunshot wounds. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, "1 killed, 1 injured in Madison County domestic shooting, juvenile in custody," 24 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The shooting at the Citgo gas station killed Curtis’ 41-year-old brother and wounded two other men in their 40s. jsonline.com, "A look at the justice system through one man's story," 21 Aug. 2019 No Philadelphia police officers were fatally or critically wounded in Thursday morning’s shootings. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Suspect In Custody After Allegedly Shooting 6 Philadelphia Police Officers," 15 Aug. 2019 In Kabul Wednesday, Taliban militants claimed responsibility for a suicide truck bomb that killed 14 people and wounded nearly 150 others. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Talking in Qatar, bombing in Kabul. How to explain the Taliban?," 9 Aug. 2019 Twenty-two were killed and more than two dozen wounded. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 On Saturday, a gunman opened fire inside a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, killing at least twenty people and wounding dozens more. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Representative Veronica Escobar Speaks out About Gun Violence and El Paso," 5 Aug. 2019 On Saturday morning, a young gunman killed 20 people and wounded more at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Criticizes Trump After the El Paso and Dayton Shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 In 2015, the Guardian reported that Baghdadi had been grievously wounded in an airstrike and was no longer in control of the terror organization. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Osama bin Laden’s son, the “Crown Prince of Terror,” is dead. Or is he?," 1 Aug. 2019 Cliff is physically wounded, but no one suffers emotionally. Jesse Hassenger, The Verge, "Quentin Tarantino’s historical revisionism makes his movies better suited for the future," 1 Aug. 2019

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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 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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