from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An injury to an organism, especially one in which the skin or another external surface is torn, pierced, cut, or otherwise broken.
  • noun An injury to the feelings.
  • intransitive verb To inflict wounds or a wound on.
  • intransitive verb To inflict wounds or a wound.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A breach or hurt of the bark and wood of a tree, or of the bark and substance of other plants.
  • noun Figuratively, injury; hurt; harm: as, a wound given to credit or reputation, feelings, etc.: often specifically applied in literature to the pangs of love.
  • noun Plague.
  • noun In heraldry, a roundel purpure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • imp. & p. p. of wind to twist, and wind to sound by blowing.
  • transitive verb To hurt by violence; to produce a breach, or separation of parts, in, as by a cut, stab, blow, or the like.
  • transitive verb To hurt the feelings of; to pain by disrespect, ingratitude, or the like; to cause injury to.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc.
  • noun (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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) an elongated swollen or tuberous gall on the branches of the grapevine, caused by a small reddish brown weevil (Ampeloglypter sesostris) whose larvæ inhabit the galls.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of wind.
  • noun An injury, such as a cut, stab, or tear, to a (usually external) part of the body.
  • noun figuratively A hurt to a person's feelings.
  • noun criminal law An injury to a person by which the skin is divided or its continuity broken.
  • verb transitive To hurt or injure (someone) by cutting, piercing, or tearing the skin.
  • verb transitive To hurt (a person's feelings).

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

  • noun a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
  • noun the act of inflicting a wound
  • verb hurt the feelings of
  • noun an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
  • noun a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
  • adjective put in a coil
  • verb cause injuries or bodily harm to


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

[Middle English, from Old English wund; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

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See wind (Etymology 2)

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Noun from Old English wund, from Proto-Germanic *wundō. Verb from Old English wundian, from Proto-Germanic *wundōnan. Indoeuropean cognates include Albanian unë ("piece of a broken pot, splinter").


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