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 On Thursday, Baldwin posted a picture of himself on Instagram in costume, along with what appeared to be a fake wound on his stomach. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 22 Oct. 2021 Thinking back to the analogy of a breakup being a wound, Dr. Liner says after tending to the cut, the next step would be to leave it alone. Nicole Pajer, SELF, 22 Oct. 2021 The blood was too much, there was a bullet wound on his chest. Stephanie Busari And Nimi Princewill, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 Cleo, who lived in Spring Valley, suffered at least one gunshot wound to his upper body. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Oct. 2021 Murdaugh dialed 911 himself at 1:34 p.m. on Sept. 4 after suffering what authorities said was a superficial gunshot wound to the head. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 19 Sep. 2021 Upon arriving, police found the victim — a 38-year-old resident of Richmond — suffering from at least one gunshot wound, officials said. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 The man suffered one gunshot wound to the leg and was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in good condition, police said. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, 6 Sep. 2021 Officers were called to the scene near Baldwin Avenue for reports of a single-vehicle collision about 9:06 a.m. and called for paramedics after finding the woman with at least one gunshot wound, Ramirez said. Kevin Rector Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Dodgers wound up losing the division by one game on the final day of the season, forcing them into a single-elimination wild-card game against the Cardinals. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 23 Oct. 2021 Minor social slights seem to wound Strout’s protagonists as grievously as the big blows of fate. Pankaj Mishra, The New York Review of Books, 20 Oct. 2021 Yet the Astros wound winning their fourth AL West title in five seasons by five games over the Seattle Mariners. John Perrotto, Forbes, 15 Oct. 2021 The military assessment wound up prevailing in the policy discussions. CBS News, 13 Oct. 2021 But in the narrow calculations of the Senate minority leader, that would all be Biden's fault -- and would likely further wound an already-wobbling presidency. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 The fury that followed showed that even six decades after Castro’s revolution, Cold War-era rhetoric still has the power to wound hearts and careers in Miami. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Jonathan Franzen’s mother knew how to wound him in just the right way. WSJ, 21 Sep. 2021 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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wound. Accessed 27 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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