from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thin supple rod, twig, or stick.
  • n. A slender rod carried as a symbol of office in a procession; a scepter.
  • n. Music A conductor's baton.
  • n. A stick or baton used by a magician, conjurer, or diviner.
  • n. A pipelike attachment that lengthens the handle of a device or tool: a vacuum cleaner that has two extension wands.
  • n. A hand-held electronic device, often shaped like a rod, that is used for security purposes to detect metal.
  • n. Sports A six-foot by two-foot slat used as an archery target.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A stick or staff.
  • n. An instrument shaped like a stick or staff such as a curling wand.
  • n. a magic wand.
  • n. A branch or stalk, especially of willow.
  • n. A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or a card of that suit.
  • v. To scan (e.g. a passenger at an airport) with a metal detector.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small stick; a rod; a verge.
  • n.
  • n. A staff of authority.
  • n. A rod used by conjurers, diviners, magicians, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A slender stick; a rod.
  • n. A twig; a bough.
  • n. A rod, or staff having some special use or character. Specifically
  • n. A rod used by conjurers or diviners.
  • n. A small baton which forms part of the insignia of the messenger of a court of justice in Scotland, and which he must exhibit before executing a caption: called more fully wand of peace.
  • n. The baton used by a musical con ductor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
  • n. a ceremonial or emblematic staff
  • n. a thin supple twig or rod
  • n. a rod used by a magician or water diviner


Middle English, from Old Norse vöndr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse vǫndr ("switch, twig"). Compare Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌿𐍃 (wandus, "rod"). (Wiktionary)



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