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 Her son called 911 and Gwinnett Fire units alerted police that Foley’s death was the result of a gunshot wound and that a bullet hole could be seen in her apartment wall. Henri Hollis, ajc, 1 Oct. 2021 Lowe was a high school teammate of Jordan's in Mesquite, Texas, and switched his jersey from No. 2 to 22 to honor his friend after the 19-year-old died of a gunshot wound to the abdomen on Christmas night 2020. CBS News, 27 Sep. 2021 Fellow drama actor nominees Regé-Jean Page and Sterling K. Brown came to his aid and had a laugh about the award season capper of a war wound. Michael Schneider, Variety, 27 Sep. 2021 Maya Noelle McFetridge, of Berea, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 21 Sep. 2021 The man was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment of a dog bite wound. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Sep. 2021 Murdaugh was airlifted to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia, for treatment of a superficial gunshot wound to the head, according to SLED. Ivan Pereira, ABC News, 5 Sep. 2021 Parker later died as a result of the gunshot wound, police said. Kyle Whitmire, al, 12 Aug. 2021 She was taken to a hospital for treatment of a non-life-threatening wound. BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2017, both sides pursued Californian Jonathan González, a U.S. youth international, who wound up choosing Mexico and making his debut the following January in a friendly. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Instead, he was swarmed deep in his own territory and wound up losing 5 yards. Michael Cohen, Detroit Free Press, 11 Oct. 2021 Hamilton started 11th because of a 10-place grid penalty, drove his way to third, but wound up a disappointing fifth after his team ordered a late-race tire change. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2021 The Utes opened the second half by going 75 yards in just five plays as a basic up-the-middle run call to Tavion Thomas wound up going 43 yards for a score and a 28-10 lead following Jordan Noyes’s extra point. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Oct. 2021 The professor begged to differ, and Hobbes wound up looking foolish. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 This kind of attitude is how our public-health establishment wound up blind-sided by an actual epidemic. WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 The car then fled north on Clark Road to West 6th Avenue, where the car wound through the alleys before returning to West 6th Avenue, Jones said. Carrie Napoleon, chicagotribune.com, 6 Oct. 2021 The reason this game is at Fenway is the razor-thin advantage the Red Sox wound up having against the Yanks, taking the season series 10-9. Pete Caldera, USA TODAY, 5 Oct. 2021

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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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“Wound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wound. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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

wound

transitive verb

Medical Definition of wound (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cause a wound to or in

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