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

affront, dis (also diss) [slang], disrespect, insult, offend, outrage, slap, slight

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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 man suffered a wound to the chest, and was taken in serious condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he was pronounced dead. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "1 dead, 4 wounded in South Side shootings Thursday," 12 July 2018 After the trial, Himmel was found dead of a gunshot wound inside his burned home in June. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Robber gets 15 years for $1.5M jewel theft, assault in University Town Center," 12 July 2018 The victim suffered at least one gunshot wound to her upper body, the sheriff's department said. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Woman shot, killed in apparent South Sacramento homicide," 8 July 2018 The victim suffered a wound to his upper body and was transported to a local hospital where he is expected to survive his injuries, police said. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County man, 27, shot near elementary school, expected to survive injury," 4 July 2018 According to the arrest affidavit, officers from the Fort Pierce Police Department responded to a call about a gunshot wound. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He went to talk to his ex about a daycare bill. Things took a violent turn, cops say.," 27 June 2018 One man suffering from a gunshot wound was transported to a hospital in extremely critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead, officials from Phoenix Police Department said. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "Double shooting in Laveen area of west Phoenix leaves two dead, two in police custody," 25 June 2018 On June 18, 2018, Jahseh Onfroy—known worldwide as XXXTentacion—tragically passed away from a gunshot wound in Deerfield, Florida. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Los Angeles Police Shut Down The XXXTentacion Memorial In L.A.," 20 June 2018 Once inside the home, the man opened the bedroom door and opened fire on the woman, who police said suffered a gunshot wound to the mouth. Carlie Kollath Wells, NOLA.com, "Woman shot in the face in Central City, New Orleans police say," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Earlier this week marked the one-year anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, where a gunman opened fire, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Tarek El Moussa Remembers Narrowly Escaping Route 91 Massacre: 'I Got Really Lucky'," 4 Oct. 2018 What started as an effort to take combat wounded veterans on stress-free and educational hunting trips has morphed into a nonprofit that helps children who have lost a military parent. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Nonprofit links veterans to youths who lost military parent," 21 June 2018 By early evening, the paramilitary forces and police had blocked off exit routes from the church, leaving dozens of people trapped, along with three people wounded by gunfire. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 The latest shootings bring to at least five the number of teenagers wounded by gunfire in Philadelphia in the past week. Joseph A. Gambardello, Philly.com, "3 teens among weekend shooting victims in Philadelphia," 9 July 2018 He was wounded during combat and received the purple heart. Orlando Sentinel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/1," 1 July 2018 The Phoenix Fire Department responded to the home, on the 5600 block of South 13th Place, to find the men critically wounded by gunfire. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Police identify the two men killed in south Phoenix shooting," 26 June 2018 Since near-weekly mass protests began along the Israel-Gaza border, more than 120 Palestinians have been killed and over 3,800 wounded by Israeli army fire. Fox News, "UN chief warns Gaza violence is close 'to the brink of war'," 18 June 2018 Among those wounded by bullets was a 13-year-old boy who Onofri said was in extremely critical condition. Anchorage Daily News, "Suspect dead after 20 hurt in shooting at New Jersey arts festival," 17 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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