Wound Wound (?; 277), n. [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. [root]140. Cf. Zounds.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Showers of blood Rained from the wounds of slaughtered Englishmen. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. (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. [1913 Webster]

Note: Walker condemns the pronunciation woond as a ``capricious novelty.'' It is certainly opposed to an important principle of our language, namely, that the Old English long sound written ou, and pronounced like French ou or modern English oo, has regularly changed, when accented, into the diphthongal sound usually written with the same letters ou in modern English, as in ground, hound, round, sound. The use of ou in Old English to represent the sound of modern English oo was borrowed from the French, and replaced the older and Anglo-Saxon spelling with u. It makes no difference whether the word was taken from the French or not, provided it is old enough in English to have suffered this change to what is now the common sound of ou; but words taken from the French at a later time, or influenced by French, may have the French sound. [1913 Webster]

{Wound gall} (Zo["o]l.), an elongated swollen or tuberous gall on the branches of the grapevine, caused by a small reddish brown weevil ({Ampeloglypter sesostris}) whose larv[ae] inhabit the galls. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • wound — n Wound, trauma, traumatism, lesion, bruise, contusion are comparable when they mean an injury to one of the organs or parts of the body. Wound generally denotes an injury that is inflicted by a hard or sharp instrument (as a knife, a bullet, or… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Wound — Wound, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wounding}.] [AS. wundian. [root]140. See {Wound}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. To hurt by violence; to produce a breach, or separation of parts, in, as by a cut, stab, blow, or the like. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wound — wound1 [wo͞ond] n. [ME wunde < OE wund, akin to Ger wunde < IE * wen , var. of base * wā , to hit, wound > WEN1] 1. an injury to the body in which the skin or other tissue is broken, cut, pierced, torn, etc. 2. an injury to a plant… …   English World dictionary

  • wound — [n] injury anguish, bruise, cut, damage, distress, gash, grief, harm, heartbreak, hurt, insult, laceration, lesion, pain, pang, shock, slash, torment, torture, trauma; concept 309 wound [v1] cause bodily damage bruise, carve, clip*, contuse, cut …   New thesaurus

  • Wound — Wound, imp. & p. p. of {Wind} to twist, and {Wind} to sound by blowing. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wound — [1] ► NOUN 1) a bodily injury caused by a cut, blow, or other impact. 2) an injury to a person s feelings or reputation. ► VERB 1) inflict a wound on. 2) injure (a person s feelings). ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • wound — index damage, disable, harm, inflict, infliction, maim, mistreat, mutilate, offend ( …   Law dictionary

  • wound — (wind) waÊŠnd ,wuːnd v. spin; twist; bend; wrap around; be wrapped around; be bent; change direction waÊŠnd ,wuːnd n. injury; lesion; offense v. injure; offend wɪnd ,waɪnd n. breeze; direction of the wind; gale; breath; wind instrument… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Wound — This article is about wounds in humans and animals. For wounds in plants, see Plant pathology. For other uses, see Wound (disambiguation). Wound Classification and external resources Wounded man …   Wikipedia

  • wound — wound1 woundedly, adv. woundingly, adv. /woohnd/; Older Use and Literary /wownd/, n. 1. an injury, usually involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather… …   Universalium

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