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 zoo brought in a team of pediatric neurosurgery consultants from Seattle Children's Hospital to evaluate Kitoko's injuries and surgically repair his wound. CBS News, "Baby gorilla fractures skull in family fight at Seattle zoo," 25 May 2020 Once his wounds were healing up and the infection was gone, this sweet pup also received a dental surgery to fix a few teeth that were unhealthy and causing him pain. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Pookie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 22 May 2020 Take yarrow, for example, a plant that the Greek hero Achilles is said to have used to treat his soldiers’ wounds during the battle of Troy. National Geographic, "CREATE A FREE NAT GEO ACCOUNT TO CONTINUE READING," 18 May 2020 Booker was taken to a hospital but died of his wounds. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Ohio man accused of deadly shooting in argument over $10, reports say," 15 May 2020 With 100 essential supplies from 6-inch shears and bandages to a CPR pouch with instructions to an emergency blanket, this kit will clean your wounds, save your head and maybe save your life. Outdoor Life, "Four must-have items to survive in the woods," 7 May 2020 That wasn’t the case for ABN Amro Bank NV, a Dutch lender nationalized during the 2008 financial crisis that is once again licking its wounds. Patricia Kowsmann, WSJ, "Bank Resurrected During Financial Crisis Takes Fresh Hits From Coronavirus and Oil," 13 May 2020 Thirteen shotgun pellets exited Arbery's back, and 11 more were recovered from his wounds, the report says. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Homeowner says no crime was committed at under-construction home Ahmaud Arbery may have visited before shooting," 13 May 2020 Still sedated, her C-section wound merely packed, Sites and the ECMO machine was loaded onto an ambulance for the ride to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Sick with coronavirus, 7 months pregnant, nurse fears, 'I'm not going to make it through'," 24 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As of Sunday, a police spokesman said two of those wounded were in critical condition and three suffered injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening. Houston Chronicle, "Police video shows chaos in Texas park as gunshots erupt," 12 May 2020 The inversion of this neurosis is the anxiety of being read, the fear of wounding, and just as strong, the dread of being unmasked. Moyra Davey, Harper's Magazine, "White Light/White Heat," 27 Apr. 2020 Iraqi sources say 25 people are killed and 50 wounded. George Petras, USA Today, "7 days in Iraq: How US-Iran conflict led to general's death," 3 Jan. 2020 Those three body-blows have so wounded the open system of trade that the powerful arguments in its favour are being neglected. The Economist, "Globalisation unwound Has covid-19 killed globalisation?," 14 May 2020 Roadside blasts in the capital Monday, which wounded four civilians, were also claimed by the group. NBC News, "Gunmen attack Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan," 12 May 2020 One employee was hit in the arm and two others were wounded by shrapnel, according to The Oklahoman. Dana Branham, Dallas News, "Dallas law firm fires employee after ‘threatening’ post about his gun, COVID-19 mask requirements," 11 May 2020 Around 600 people have died and thousands of others have been wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters since Oct. 1. Zaid Sabah, Bloomberg.com, "Iraqi Oil Field Halts as Reform-Driven Protests Escalate," 10 May 2020 Nine were wounded, one of them permanently paralyzed. Paul Schleis, cincinnati.com, "Kent State shootings: Jeffrey Miller despised violence. He died in a hail of gunfire," 4 May 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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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wound. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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