American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An injury, especially one in which the skin or another external surface is torn, pierced, cut, or otherwise broken.
- n. An injury to the feelings.
- v. To inflict wounds or a wound on.
- v. To inflict wounds or a wound: harsh criticism that wounds.
- v. Past tense and past participle of wind2.
- v. Music A past tense and a past participle of wind3.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In surgery, a solution of continuity of any of the tissues of the body, involving also the skin or mucous membrane of the part, caused by some external agent, and not the result of disease.
- n. In medical jurisprudence, any lesion of the body resulting from external violence, whether accompanied or not by rupture of the skin or mucous membrane—thus differing from the meaning of the word when used in surgery. Great difference of opinion, however, appears in the way in which the word is interpreted when occurring in criminal statutes. Some authorities have held that it necessarily implies the use of a hard or solid instrument other than the hand or fist; others, that it necessarily implies the breaking of the skin beyond the cuticle or outer membrane.
- n. A breach or hurt of the bark and wood of a tree, or of the bark and substance of other plants.
- n. Figuratively, injury; hurt; harm: as, a wound given to credit or reputation, feelings, etc.: often specifically applied in literature to the pangs of love.
- n. Plague.
- n. In heraldry, a roundel purpure.
- To hurt by violence; cut, slash, or lacerate; injure; damage: as, to wound the head or the arm; to wound a tree.
- Figuratively, to cause injury or harm to; specifically, of persons, to hurt the feelings of; pain.
- To inflict hurt or injury, either physically or morally.
- Preterit and past participle of wind.
- n. An injury, such as a cut, stab, or tear, to a (usually external) part of the body.
- n. figuratively A hurt to a person's feelings.
- n. criminal law An injury to a person by which the skin is divided or its continuity broken.
- v. transitive To hurt or injure (someone) by cutting, piercing, or tearing the skin.
- v. transitive To hurt (a person's feelings).
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of wind.
GNU Webster's 1913
- imp. & p. p. of wind to twist, and wind to sound by blowing.
- n. A hurt or injury caused by violence; specifically, a breach of the skin and flesh of an animal, or in the substance of any creature or living thing; a cut, stab, rent, or the like.
- n. Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc.
- n. (Criminal Law) An injury to the person by which the skin is divided, or its continuity broken; a lesion of the body, involving some solution of continuity.
- v. To hurt by violence; to produce a breach, or separation of parts, in, as by a cut, stab, blow, or the like.
- v. To hurt the feelings of; to pain by disrespect, ingratitude, or the like; to cause injury to.
- n. a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
- n. the act of inflicting a wound
- v. hurt the feelings of
- n. an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
- n. a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
- adj. put in a coil
- v. cause injuries or bodily harm to
- See wind (Etymology 2) (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English wund. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If the tissues are severed by a sharp instrument and the edges of the wound are smooth, it is classed as an _incised_ or _clean-cut wound_.”
“II. ii.12 (48,3) [sometime am I All wound with adders] Enwrapped by adders _wound_ or twisted about me.”
“III. i.132 (67,6) _Yet that which seems the wound to kill_] _To kill the wound_ is no very intelligible expression, nor is the measure preserved.”
“The Drive star seemed to be a near-lock for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, but his name wound up on the wrong side of the shortlist.”
“But the point was that Gorbachev, in making an arrangement with the Soviet Union, was very much on his mind as his term wound down.”
“The Democratic governor had considered pardoning the Kid since at least 2003, but focused on the issue as his term wound down.”
“There was one quote about how the players should be paid now that the 12th game had become such an obvious money-grab, and "fah, money" was a common complaint as his term wound down.”
“The salt in the wound is the guy who grabbed him is now leading in”
“The clotting of the blood in a wound is the result of a long series of processes.”
“I feel that you have what we call a wound in the heart, bleeding, bleeding always.”
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