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

Cardona and Adkins died from their wounds and Chester was injured. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man receives 70 years in prison for killing two teens after summer robbery plan turned deadly," 7 June 2019 Tang died from his wounds on Thursday, according to police. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix police released a photo of possible suspect in nail salon killing," 7 June 2019 On the floor, his friend lay bleeding, fellow congregants tending to her mortal wounds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chabad of Poway rabbi joins leaders from Charlottesville to Pittsburgh, reflecting on resilience to combat hate," 6 June 2019 Rabbi Goldstein, who was shot in the hands and lost his right index finger, wrapped his bloody wounds in a prayer shawl and rallied his congregation outside. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Heroism at the Synagogue," 29 Apr. 2019 When your wounds heal, the new tissue protects against or helps correct some of that recession. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "What to Know Before, During, and After Your Gum Graft Surgery," 11 Mar. 2019 After assessing his wounds, Archie tries to bandage himself up a little, but his loss of blood leads him to enter a hallucinogenic state. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Did Archie Really Die On "Riverdale"'s Mid-Season Premiere?," 17 Jan. 2019 The long answer: Drogo was wounded during a fight with another Khal, dismissed it as a cut, but the wound began to get infected. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "All the Game of Thrones Deaths We've Somehow Made It Through," 19 May 2019 Officers found a bullet hole in the driver’s seat and a gunshot wound to the driver’s back. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Man accused of shooting Uber driver in Seattle said he had 7 or 8 tequila shots before gun went off," 18 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Administration has also alleged that Iran, through its allies, was connected to a rocket that landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on May 19th and a car bomb in Afghanistan on May 31st that wounded four U.S. service members. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "A Tanker War in the Middle East—Again?," 14 June 2019 In North Carolina The soldiers became fond of George, that when she was wounded by a piece of shrapnel during a Viet Cong attack, Special Forces medics patched her up. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "How A North Carolina Python Won A Purple Heart," 10 June 2019 Two people were wounded, and a teenager was arrested in a pair of shootings in Kenner Friday night (June 7). Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "Kenner police investigating two shootings Friday night," 8 June 2019 From Hervieux’s latest essay: Woodson was wounded, hit by burning shrapnel that raked his landing craft and ripped open his buttocks and thigh. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "The Eyes of the World Are Upon Some Of Them: RaceAhead," 6 June 2019 The driver was wounded around 10:30 p.m. when two bullets pierced his passenger side window in the 4200 block of South Polk Street. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Shooting wounds driver passing through central Oak Cliff," 5 June 2019 Last year, Bandick reported there were 27 mass killing incidents in 16 U.S. states that killed 85 people and wounded 128. Monte Umsted, Pomerado News, "Poway class gives tips for responding to an active shooter," 5 June 2019 The driver and another front-seat passenger, both 18, were also critically wounded but recovered in a nearby hospital. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Data-driven policing leads to gang arrests in 3 Stockton homicides," 21 June 2018 They are personally wounded and offended by this man. WSJ, "Notable & Quotable: Jon Stewart Speaks," 31 Oct. 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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