What does wound mean?

Definitions for wound
wund; Older Use and Literary waʊndwound

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wound, lesionnoun

    an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)

  2. wound, injury, combat injurynoun

    a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat

  3. woundnoun

    a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)

    "he feared that mentioning it might reopen the wound"; "deep in her breast lives the silent wound"; "The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound--that he will never get over it"--Robert Frost

  4. wound, woundingadjective

    the act of inflicting a wound

  5. woundverb

    put in a coil

  6. injure, woundverb

    cause injuries or bodily harm to

  7. hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spiteverb

    hurt the feelings of

    "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Woundnoun

    A hurt given by violence.

    Etymology: wund , Saxon; wonde, Dutch.

    I am faint; my gashes cry for help. ——
    —— So well thy words become thee as thy wounds,
    They smack of honour both. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Now shew the wound mine eyes have made in thee;
    Scratch thee but with a pin, and there remains
    Some scar of it. William Shakespeare.

    He stooping, open’d my left side, and took
    From thence a rib: wide was the wound,
    But suddenly fill’d up and heal’d. John Milton.

    The aliment of such as have fresh wounds should be mild without stimulating or saline substances. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    They feel the smart and see the scar of their former wounds; and know that they must be made a sacrifice to the least attempt towards a change. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Woundthe preterite and participle passive of wind.

    They took the body of Jesus and wound it in linen cloaths, with the spices. John. xix. 40.

    All will be but like bottoms of thread close wound up. Francis Bacon.

    The young men wound him up, and buried him. Acts v.

    These mathematical engines cannot be so easily and speedily wound up, and so certainly levelled as the other. John Wilkins.

    The parliament being called here, and the main settlement of Ireland wound up in England, and put into the Duke of Ormond’s hands to pass here into an act, all persons came over in a shoal. William Temple.

  3. To WOUNDverb

    To hurt by violence.

    Etymology: from the noun

    Th’ untented woundings of a father’s curse
    Pierce ev’ry sence about thee. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal. Deut.

    The battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him, and he was sore wounded. 1 Sam. xxxi. 3.

    God shall wound the head of his enemies. Psalm lxviii. 21.

    He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities. Isa. liii. 5.

    When ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 1 Cor. viii. 12.

    Adonis from his native rock
    Ran purple to the sea, suppos’d with blood
    Of Thammuz, yearly wounded. John Milton.

    Heroes of old, when wounded shelter sought. Dryden.

    The savages wounded Atkins, and slew his followers. Robinson Crusoe.


  1. Wound

    A wound is a rapid onset of injury that involves lacerated or punctured skin (an open wound), or a contusion (a closed wound) from blunt force trauma or compression. In pathology, a wound is an acute injury that damages the epidermis of the skin. To heal a wound, the body undertakes a series of actions collectively known as the wound healing process.


  1. wound

    A wound is a type of injury in which the skin or other body tissue is cut, broken, punctured, torn or otherwise damaged, usually as a result of physical trauma. The injury can be on the surface of the body or it can be deep, affecting organs. Wounds can cause bleeding, swelling, pain, or potential infection, depending on their severity and location. They can be classified into different types including, but not limited to, abrasions, lacerations, punctures, incisions, and burns.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wound

    of Wind

  2. Wound

    of Wind

  3. Wound

    imp. & p. p. of Wind to twist, and Wind to sound by blowing

  4. Woundnoun

    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

  5. Woundnoun

    fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc

  6. Woundnoun

    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

  7. Woundnoun

    to hurt by violence; to produce a breach, or separation of parts, in, as by a cut, stab, blow, or the like

  8. Woundnoun

    to hurt the feelings of; to pain by disrespect, ingratitude, or the like; to cause injury to

  9. Etymology: [OE. wounde, wunde, AS. wund; akin to OFries. wunde, OS. wunda, D. wonde, OHG. wunta, G. wunde, Icel. und, and to AS., OS., & G. wund sore, wounded, OHG. wunt, Goth. wunds, and perhaps also to Goth. winnan to suffer, E. win. 140. Cf. Zounds.]


  1. Wound

    A wound is a type of injury in which skin is torn, cut, or punctured, or where blunt force trauma causes a contusion. In pathology, it specifically refers to a sharp injury which damages the dermis of the skin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wound

    wownd, pa.t. and pa.p. of wind.

  2. Wound

    wōōnd, n. any division of soft parts, including the skin, produced by external mechanical force—whether incised, punctured, contused, lacerated, or poisoned: any cut, bruise, hurt, or injury.—v.t. to make a wound in: to injure.—adj. Woun′dable, capable of being wounded.—n. Woun′der.—adv. Woun′dily (coll.), excessively.—n. Woun′ding.—adj. Wound′less, exempt from being wounded, invulnerable: harmless.—n. Wound′wort, a name applied to several plants of popular repute as vulneraries, as the kidney-vetch, &c.: a plant of genus Stachys, the marsh or clown's woundwort.—adj. Woun′dy, causing wounds: (coll.) excessive. [A.S. wund (Ger. wunde, Ice. und)—A.S. wund, wounded; prob. orig. pa.p. of A.S. winnan, to fight, strive.]

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    Rank popularity for the word 'wound' in Nouns Frequency: #1756

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    Rank popularity for the word 'wound' in Verbs Frequency: #1005

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wound in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wound in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of wound in a Sentence

  1. Steve Harrington:

    Who can more softly bind the wound of another as he who has felt the same wound himself ?

  2. Mahabharata:

    A wound inflicted by arrows heals, a wood cut down by an axe grows, but harsh words are hateful?a wound inflicted by them does not heal. Arrows of different sorts can be extracted from the body, but a word-dart cannot be drawn out, for it is seated in the heart.

  3. Buddha:

    An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast - a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

  4. Vanessa Ogle:

    There was a lot of blood, she had to keep putting pressure on the wound.

  5. The Shivering Truth:

    Wound: [British Accent] Blimey! that quite hit the spot, Eric. Benny: But my name is Benny. Wound: You can't fool me, Eric. You see I am no ordinary wound. For I am British. Benny: I think I'm going crazy. Wound: Nonsense. I would contend that your are... going sane.

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