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 The 32-year-old man, who was unidentified, was in stable condition at a local hospital with an arm wound, police said. SFChronicle.com, "Two gunman shoot West Oakland homeless camp resident," 26 Sep. 2020 Police noticed a gunshot wound upon inspection of Milligan's condition. Brooke Newman, The Arizona Republic, "Police search for vehicle in connection with suspected homicide, car crash," 26 Sep. 2020 The Burr-Hamilton duel is recalled by its aftermath: Burr’s shadow fills the foreground, while Hamilton collapses at the edge of the picture, a wound to his chest dripping blood. Karen Wilkin, WSJ, "‘Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle’ Review: Fiercely Painted Histories," 26 Sep. 2020 Another witness said that a victim appeared to have a significant head wound. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Knife attack leaves two injured near former office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris," 25 Sep. 2020 Megan Thee Stallion underwent surgery for a gunshot wound in July, according to medical records, and has spoken at length about the incident on social media. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, "Megan Thee Stallion’s lawyer slams ‘smear campaign’ as Tory Lanez denies shooting," 25 Sep. 2020 Like reopening an old wound, the work stirs memories. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "With regret and satisfaction, Baltimore watches the infamous Maryland Pen tumble down," 25 Sep. 2020 Photos from the scene showed damage to her left leg, with a bloody wound from mid-thigh to her left knee. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "Brownsburg Olympian Chloe Dygert in scary crash at cycling World Championships," 24 Sep. 2020 In Louisville, the mayor said one of the wounded officers was treated and released with leg wound, while the other was shot in the abdomen and doing well after surgery. Arkansas Online, "Dismay over Breonna Taylor spills into America's streets," 24 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The entry wound for Mattingly was to the front of his leg and the bullet that was found outside in the foyer was a Remington round. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "Breonna Taylor: Kentucky AG did not recommend murder charges; jury proceedings to be released later today," 30 Sep. 2020 The first suspect was taken to the hospital for treatment of a minor arm wound from the police dog, said Elder. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, "Two teens arrested in Minneapolis carjackings, armed robberies," 15 Sep. 2020 There was Michael Warren II, a highly touted freshman who wound up having an even better college career than Boone. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, "Why senior running back Gerrid Doaks is ready to carry the Cincinnati Bearcats offense," 3 Sep. 2020 The man helping the victim rips off his shirt to stop the bleeding from the victim’s head wound. USA Today, "A visual timeline of violence in Kenosha after police shooting of Jacob Blake," 27 Aug. 2020 The man attending to the victim rips off his shirt to begin stanching the victim's head wound. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Much of Kenosha's deadly protest shooting was captured on social media videos. Here's what they show.," 26 Aug. 2020 And as the ‘60s wound on, Sullivan was willing to grow with the times, embracing a touch of realistic grittiness. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Ed Sullivan videos finally hit the web — led by Motown's Jackson 5, Supremes, Tempts," 12 June 2020 His languid acerbic wit and genteel sophistication are the perfect foil to Carell's tightly wound, rough-around-the-edges, everything-by-the-book general, who feels deeply but keeps those feelings bottled up, as a good soldier should. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The Ars verdict is in: Space Force is the best new series of 2020 (so far)," 29 May 2020 Sogard led off the ninth with a single, starting a rally that wound up tying the game at 3-3 when Hiura singled in a run and an errant throw plated a second run on a Gyorko groundout. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These were among the 11 biggest highlights for Milwaukee in a strange 2020 MLB season," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for wound

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The first known use of wound was before the 12th century

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30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Wound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wound. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for wound

wound

noun
How to pronounce wound (audio) How to pronounce wound (audio)

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
How to pronounce wound (audio)

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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