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

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

Some have used it in a more reminiscent way (i.e. to rub salt into the wound) about happier past times (hello, One Direction and the Jonas Brothers). Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Is Now a Hilarious Meme," 6 Nov. 2018 The wound is real, and the fact that there are no Contra jokes to wrap it up in gives Tiffany’s breakdown a hiss-inducing sting. Katherine Cross, The Verge, "The Oscar Wilde of YouTube fights the alt-right with decadence and seduction," 24 Aug. 2018 At a certain point, pain from the wound had faded, but my undercarriage felt like it was made of lace, unable to bear the weight straining against it from above. Frances F. Denny, Harper's BAZAAR, "What People Don’t Tell You About Childbirth: The Realities of Vaginal Tearing," 16 July 2018 Nursing the wounds from an unexpected split just doesn’t feel right without spending a full day stuffing our faces with cookie dough ice cream and our ears with Adele’s most depressing tracks. Grace Gavilanes, ajc, "Real people whose exes moved on really quickly share their side of the story," 13 July 2018 The wound was not life-threatening, and she was taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital in good condition. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Woman shot while driving on Mason Road," 12 July 2018 Begoun calls foul on this line of thinking, telling me that scrubbing to make ingredients penetrate better is like stabbing yourself only to stick medicine in the wound. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Are You Exfoliating Your Face Wrong?," 11 July 2018 The lack of a Spanish far-right like the kind that swept into power in Italy and Hungary, and made inroads in Germany, has perhaps eased the pressure to heal wounds of the devastating war. Joseph Zeballos-roig, The New Republic, "How to Dig Up a Dictator," 11 July 2018 In January 2017, still bearing the wounds from the arson attack that would eventually kill her, Judy Malinowski spoke out about the day her boyfriend covered her in gasoline and set her aflame. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Mom-of-2 Describes Horror of Boyfriend Lighting Her on Fire as He Pleads to Her Murder: 'Pure Evil'," 11 July 2018

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In 2018 alone, 311 mass shootings have left 314 killed and 1,270 wounded. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Venezuela’s 1 million percent price hike," 9 Nov. 2018 Two men were wounded in separate shootings in Cambridge early Saturday, according to police. Lucas Phillips, BostonGlobe.com, "Two men shot in Cambridge Saturday morning an hour apart," 14 July 2018 The party was also in power when hundreds of students were killed and wounded in a protest in the Tlatelolco plaza in 1968, The New York Times recalled in 2003; no one was held responsible for their deaths. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "Mexico Elects Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Young People React to New President," 6 July 2018 According to the criminal complaint filed July 2 in Waukesha County Circuit Court, Michael L. Berson was wounded Thursday afternoon, June 28, while fleeing law enforcement officers after trying to leave the Kohl's department store in Delafield. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Waukesha man shot and wounded by deputy during chase after stealing from Delafield Kohl's, police say," 3 July 2018 Authorities had previously said that several people were gravely wounded, according to AP. Eli Meixler, Time, "These Are the Victims of the Capital Gazette Shooting," 29 June 2018 According to reports from Gaza, three Palestinians were wounded in the IDF strikes. Nikki Guttman, Jewish Journal, "IDF photos prove Hamas is behind Gaza kite terrorism," 26 June 2018 BrieAnna J Frank, The Republic | azcentral.com Two men were killed and another person was wounded in a south Phoenix shooting Monday, police said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "2 dead, 1 wounded in south Phoenix shooting," 25 June 2018 No one else was killed, but 15 people were wounded, according to Ghulam Sanai Stanikzai, the Nangarhar police chief. New York Times, "In Advance of Cease-Fires, Bombings in Afghanistan Kill at Least 18," 11 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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