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 wound is small, no bigger than a quarter, but there is blood and bone. Sarah Chaves, Glamour, "This Is Us Gets So Many Things Right—But I Think It Takes the Easy Route With Grief," 2 Apr. 2019 This film addresses moral injury, the signature wound of the current wars. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 5 June 2018 Bites don’t directly cause infection, but if flea droppings end up coming into contact with the wounds caused during the parasitic feeding process then rickettsia typhi, the bacteria that causes murine typhus, can end up in the human bloodstream. Paul Sisson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Typhus hospitalization prompts flea warning in San Diego County," 1 June 2018 Some wounds were consistent with an ax blow, charging documents say. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Blood-soaked clothing, an ax and a woman’s body were found in his home. He told troopers he doesn’t remember what happened," 31 May 2018 Arunkumar was describing each gunshot wound for the jury. Fox News, "The Latest: Jury views photos of Laquan McDonald's wounds," 19 Sep. 2018 He was shot between the eyes in the middle of the head, with an exit wound in the crown/base of his head. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "3 children dead, 1 critically wounded in separate weekend gun accidents nationwide," 9 July 2018 Officers responded to a report of shots fired near U.S. 95 and I-8 in Yuma at about 5 a.m. Police arrived at the scene and located a female with a single gunshot wound in a Quality Inn & Suites parking lot. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "28-year-old woman found with gun shot wounds in a Yuma hotel parking lot died Saturday morning," 30 June 2018 Medical records show she was treated for three fractures to the face and a bite wound to two fingers. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "Witness account of assault contradicts officer’s," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Photo: James MacDonald/Bloomberg News Also wounded in the crash: many companies and technology platforms that promised to transform businesses from Wall Street to Silicon Valley. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Is in the Dumps, Spreading Gloom Over Crypto World," 19 Mar. 2019 Back at the scene, several police officers tended to the wounded, applying pressure to stop the bleeding, loading the injured in their police cruisers, and rushing them to hospitals. Robert Moran, Philly.com, "'Shots fired! Shots fired! … Everybody out!' Terror and chaos at Trenton arts festival," 27 June 2018 The crash wounded Shannon in his leg, authorities said. Crystal Hill, star-telegram, "Teens stole woman’s car, cops say. Police found her decomposing body in her garage," 26 June 2018 The gun battle was fought a few feet away from a meat market where Ellis Zahniser, 42, lay critically wounded, his body pierced with five bullets fired by White at close range. sandiegouniontribune.com, "June 13, 1932: Gunfight in Carlsbad," 13 June 2018 The Baltimore Sun reported that two people were shot and wounded last week in the same area. Fox News, "Police: Suspect dead, officer wounded in Baltimore shootout," 24 Sep. 2018 Worcester police are investigating after a 22-year-old man was shot and wounded Wednesday night. Andres Picon, BostonGlobe.com, "Worcester police probe shooting of 22-year-old man," 12 July 2018 Hours after the killing, prosecutors said, Davis ran from a robbery and was chased by police, who shot and wounded him in a nearby garage. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore State's Attorney's Office still assessing whether it will pursue fourth Keith Davis trial," 11 July 2018 Officers shot and critically wounded a man Friday evening during a confrontation in a west Phoenix alley, a police official said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Man in critical condition after being shot by Phoenix police," 29 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 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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