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

Naire McCormick, a 44-year-old mom, was found with a gunshot wound to the head around 11:45 p.m. Sunday in a Brooklyn apartment, police said. Fox News, "NYPD school safety agent who worked as plus-size model fatally shot by boyfriend on his birthday: police," 17 Sep. 2019 The injured man was transported to a hospital with a wound not believed to be life threatening. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "36-year-old man hospitalized after being stabbed in neck in Ocean Beach," 16 Sep. 2019 Markson died in May, after he was found in his home with a gunshot wound to his chest. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio park being designed for children with disabilities," 15 Sep. 2019 Officers went there after the shooting was reported and found the man with a wound to his body. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Man fatally shot in Chillum area of Prince George’s County," 15 Sep. 2019 Thursday evening, officers were called to north St. Louis County around 6 p.m. and found a 13-year-old boy with a gunshot wound. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Wave of fatal shootings near St. Louis claims two more children," 13 Sep. 2019 Bush’s death was ruled a homicide caused by a single gunshot wound to the forehead. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Woman killed Monday near Sakura Square is identified," 12 Sep. 2019 Officers found a man in his 50s lying in the street with a gunshot wound. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Man fatally shot in Louisville's Parkland neighborhood, police say," 8 Sep. 2019 The second victim was also taken to a local hospital and is receiving treatment for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Two women shot during altercation in Montgomery," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Michoacan state prosecutors say only one body was officially found following the confrontation, but a total of about a dozen people had been wounded. Washington Post, "Mexican official denies vigilante movement has reignited," 5 Sep. 2019 Smith, who was at East Mississippi before the show began, wound up at Kentucky after junior college. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "One interesting fact about each of the newcomers to the Green Bay Packers roster in 2019," 5 Sep. 2019 The gunman then fired at police, wounding two officers before he was killed. Anchorage Daily News, "Texas shooter got gun at private sale after being denied in 2014 background check," 4 Sep. 2019 Officers from Midland and Odessa and a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper were among those wounded. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Everything we know about the Odessa gunman, Seth Ator," 4 Sep. 2019 The gunman then fired at police, wounding two officers before he was killed. Paul J. Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Gunman in Texas shooting rampage that killed 7 obtained AR-style rifle in private sale, evading background check that blocked him in 2014," 3 Sep. 2019 Five days after her brother was arrested in an Ohio shooting that left three people dead and two wounded, Olympic gymnast Simone Biles is speaking out. Jamie Knodel, NBC News, "Simone Biles having 'hard time processing' brother's arrest in Ohio triple murder," 3 Sep. 2019 Ten people were killed and six wounded in 2009 in Coffee and Geneva Counties in southeast Alabama in the worst mass shooting in state history. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al, "Teen confesses to killing 5 family members in north Alabama, police say," 3 Sep. 2019 Investigators said Desrosiers shot through a front window of Ruby Steplight’s home, wounding her 14-year-old granddaughter. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Man accused of killing 83-year-old woman ruled incompetent to stand trial, records show," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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