wand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wand a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
    • n wand a rod used by a magician or water diviner
    • n wand a ceremonial or emblematic staff
    • n wand a thin supple twig or rod "stems bearing slender wands of flowers"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Food and Drug Administration says the most common injury from cosmetics comes from scratching the eye with a mascara wand
    • Wand A rod used by conjurers, diviners, magicians, etc.
    • Wand A small stick; a rod; a verge. "With good smart blows of a wand on his back."
    • Wand A staff of authority.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The most common injury caused by cosmetics is to the eye by a mascara wand
    • n wand A slender stick; a rod.
    • n wand A twig; a bough.
    • n wand A rod, or staff having some special use or character. Specifically A staff of authority.
    • n wand A rod used by conjurers or diviners.
    • n wand 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 wand The baton used by a musical con ductor.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Wand wond a long slender rod: a rod of authority, or of conjurers
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Quotations

  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
  • Jose Ortega Y Gasset
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    “Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
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    “Every private in the French army carries a Field Marshall wand in his knapsack.”
  • James Weldon Johnson
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    “Labor is the fabled magician's wand, the philosophers stone, and the cap of good fortune.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. vöndr, akin to Dan. vaand, Goth. wandus,; perhaps originally, a pliant twig, and akin to E. wind, to turn
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. vöndr, a shoot of a tree; Dan. vaand.

Usage

In literature:

The graduate in question told me that a university could not be created by a stroke of the wand.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
The great Setchene frowned, and waved his wand over his head.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 2 (of 12)" by Various
Chun T'i now waved his wand, and the magic sword was broken to bits, the handle only remaining in Wu Yuen's hand.
"Myths and Legends of China" by E. T. C. Werner
But there came a day when Vengeance, disguised as a blind beggar, overtook him, and outwitted him, and stole his magic wand.
"Old-Fashioned Fairy Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
In his hand he carried a strange-looking wand, and the wand also had wings.
"The Beacon Second Reader" by James H. Fassett
If I had a witch with a wand that's what I'd wish for supper to-night.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The architect's wand had wrought grace and beauty in floor, ceiling, column, and wall.
"The Harris-Ingram Experiment" by Charles E. Bolton
These wands are about two feet high and are whittled at the top into spiral shavings.
"Ancient Art and Ritual" by Jane Ellen Harrison
Hamza took down the panniers after laying his wand of sugar-cane upon the burning ground.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
Don Juan was a myth before Mozart touched him with the magic wand of music.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
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In poetry:

Bonnie ran the burnie doon,
Wand'rin' and windin';
Sweetly sang the birds aboon,
Care never mindin'.
"Bonnie Ran the Burnie Doon" by Carolina Oliphant
Lo! at every throb of the sunshine,
As if by some magic wand,
Rose up in their beauty within me
The dreams of the fable land;
"Schiller And Sunshine" by Alexander Anderson
And O, where'er the wand'rer goes,
Is that poor mourner dear,
Who gives, while soft the EVAN flows,
Each passing wave a tear?
"The Scotch Ballad" by Helen Maria Williams
But I can gie ye kindness, lad,
And a pair o willin hands,
And ye sail hae my briests like stars,
My limbs like willow wands.
"O Wha’s Been Here Afore Me, Lass" by Hugh MacDiarmid
When I confessed my wand'ring ways,
Thou heard'st my soul complain;
Grant me the teachings of thy grace,
Or I shall stray again.
"Psalm 119 part 9" by Isaac Watts
And surely dreams so pure, so sweet,
Friendly to hope and joy and worth,
Are not the phantoms of deceit,
Delusions sent to blind, to cheat
The weary, wand'ring sons of earth.
"Summer: Wednesday Morning" by John Bowring

In news:

HARRY POTTER REALLY WORKS HIS WAND .
Every wand that you see in any of the Harry Potter films is created on-site.
Pittsford, NY (WBEN) Say goodbye to the pat downs, and say hello to wands as you head into Ralph Wilson Stadium this upcoming season.
Hacker uses a wand to trap Shari.
Wand of Youth Suite No.
The self-cleaning tack wand minimizes clogging.
You can't wave a magic wand to reduce deficits.
The new sprayer features a 25-inch Poly Telescopic Wand for extended reach.
Hudson has introduced the Hudson Back Reliever Extended Reach Sprayer which features a 25-inch Poly Telescopic Wand for extended reach.
Advanced backpack application technology includes new spray nozzles and wands.
I hope he has a magic wand, because that's what it will take.
There are plenty of super- temporary methods—chalks, mascara-like wands, hair markers—and I've experimented with them all.
Prior to joining the NBC4 team, Thorpe served as a reporter and anchor at WAND-TV in Decatur, Illinois.
Typically, a Gaylord on a pallet is set on a platform and a lance (or pickup wand), attached to a vacuum source, is inserted into the material in one corner.
Democrat Deb Butler of Wilmington is running a commercial this week in which she holds a wand used to perform a medically invasive form of an ultrasound .
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In science:

Hence we have shown that in type D Einstein spacetimes if two multiple WANDs have both non-zero optical matrices then these must fall into the same case (i), (ii) or (iii) of Theorem 1.
On a five-dimensional version of the Goldberg-Sachs theorem
In fact, let us note that the (fully known) case (iii) defines the class of five-dimensional Einstein spacetimes that admit more than two multiple WANDs,9 whereas in cases (i) and (ii) there exist precisely two multiple WANDs.
On a five-dimensional version of the Goldberg-Sachs theorem
Note that we need the assumption that the optical matrix of a multiple WAND is non-zero, but on the other hand the conditions on the Weyl tensor are rather weak.
On a five-dimensional version of the Goldberg-Sachs theorem
In the case of type D spacetimes there exist in fact (at least) two optical structures if both geodesic multiple WANDs have a non-vanishing optical matrix.
On a five-dimensional version of the Goldberg-Sachs theorem
In other words, all 5d algebraically special Einstein spacetimes with ρ 6= 0 admit an optical structure except, possibly, for those genuine type I I spacetimes whose (unique) multiple WAND has an optical matrix of the form (iii) of Theorem 1 with a 6= 0 (and is thus twisting).
On a five-dimensional version of the Goldberg-Sachs theorem
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