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 An ambulance took the man’s wife to University Hospitals for treatment of a gunshot wound to the upper right thigh. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Man shot wife in leg, then took his own life in Cleveland, police say," 17 Feb. 2020 At the hospital, one man was shot in his leg, and the other had a gunshot wound to his abdomen. oregonlive, "3 men shot in Portland, and police aren’t sure where it happened," 16 Feb. 2020 Mary Boulton, 62, was a passenger in the boyfriend’s van and suffered a single gunshot wound to the back of her head, killing her, the complaint said. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man is charged with opening fire on his ex-girlfriend and three others, killing one and injuring two," 14 Feb. 2020 Bribiescas suffered a gunshot wound to her head and neck. Peggy O’hare, ExpressNews.com, "Thirteen months later, sheriff still looking for answers in Anaqua Springs killings," 11 Feb. 2020 Soon after, he was found slumped behind the wheel of his Toyota Land Cruiser, a gunshot wound to the head. Declan Walsh And Somini Sengupta Graphics By Jeremy White Photographs By Laura Boushnak, New York Times, "For Thousands of Years, Egypt Controlled the Nile. A New Dam Threatens That.," 9 Feb. 2020 Soon after, he was found slumped behind the wheel of his Toyota Land Cruiser, a gunshot wound to the head. Declan Walsh, BostonGlobe.com, "For thousands of years, Egypt controlled the Nile. A new dam threatens that.," 9 Feb. 2020 Lincoln Mack of Pemberton Township was pronounced dead at nearby Deborah Heart and Lung Center’s emergency room after being rushed there with a gunshot wound to the cheek, the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday. David Levinsky, USA TODAY, "Prosecutor: 4-year-old boy in NJ fatally shot himself with an unsecured handgun," 8 Feb. 2020 Officers found the worker, a man in his 30s, suffering a gunshot wound. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Police search for 3 accused of killing worker at northeast-side Subway," 28 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Abbaney Matts' 2-year-old son was also shot and wounded but has been released from the hospital. Fox News, "Texas man charged in New Year's Eve dorm shooting that killed 2 sisters," 7 Feb. 2020 At least eight anti-government protesters were shot dead and 52 were wounded in clashes with followers of a radical Shiite cleric in southern Iraq on Wednesday, Iraqi medical officials and activists said. Washington Post, "World Digest: Feb. 5, 2020," 6 Feb. 2020 The state Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a man who fatally shot a U.S. Army soldier and wounded another outside a recruiting station. USA TODAY, "Electric car corridor, underwater gravestone search, scooters in canal: News from around our 50 states," 4 Feb. 2020 Someone shot into a Fort Worth home Tuesday night and fatally wounded a person, police say. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "1 killed in drive-by shooting in Fort Worth, police say," 29 Jan. 2020 Several fundraising efforts are underway to help a Birmingham police officer who was shot and critically wounded Sunday Narcotics Det. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Fundraisers set for Birmingham police officer shot while working church security," 28 Jan. 2020 They're both wounded birds trying to buoy each other in a harsh reality. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'AJ and the Queen': TV Review," 10 Jan. 2020 This major Allied offensive took place between July and November 1917 and ended with some 500,000 soldiers wounded, killed or missing in action. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True History Behind the ‘1917’ Movie," 20 Dec. 2019 State Department of Justice officials said Oshkosh West High School Resource Officer Mike Wissink shot and wounded a 16-year-old student Tuesday after the boy stabbed him in his office. Scott Bauer, chicagotribune.com, "Governor: Wisconsin must ‘step up’ after school shootings on consecutive days," 4 Dec. 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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The first known use of wound was before the 12th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wound?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=wound001. Accessed 23 Feb. 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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