• WordNet 3.6
    • adj wound put in a coil
    • v wound cause injuries or bodily harm to
    • v wound hurt the feelings of "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests","This remark really bruised my ego"
    • n wound the act of inflicting a wound
    • n wound a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
    • n wound 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"
    • n wound an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Wounded Dragon The Wounded Dragon
The Wounded Dove The Wounded Dove

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For more than 3,000 years, Carpenter ants have been used to close wounds in India, Asia and South America
    • Wound imp. & p. p. of Wind to twist, and Wind to sound by blowing.
    • Wound 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. "Showers of blood
      Rained from the wounds of slaughtered Englishmen."
    • Wound (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.
    • Wound Fig.: An injury, hurt, damage, detriment, or the like, to feeling, faculty, reputation, etc.
    • Wound To hurt by violence; to produce a breach, or separation of parts, in, as by a cut, stab, blow, or the like. "The archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers."
    • Wound To hurt the feelings of; to pain by disrespect, ingratitude, or the like; to cause injury to. "When ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes
    • n wound 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.
    • n wound 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. Great difference of opinion, however, appears in the way in which the word is interpreted when occurring in criminal statutes. Some authorities have held that it necessarily implies the use of a hard or solid instrument other than the hand or fist; others, that it necessarily implies the breaking of the skin beyond the cuticle or outer membrane.
    • n wound A breach or hurt of the bark and wood of a tree, or of the bark and substance of other plants.
    • n wound Figuratively, injury; hurt; harm: as, a wound given to credit or reputation, feelings, etc.: often specifically applied in literature to the pangs of love.
    • n wound Plague.
    • n wound In heraldry, a roundel purpure.
    • wound To hurt by violence; cut, slash, or lacerate; injure; damage: as, to wound the head or the arm; to wound a tree.
    • wound Figuratively, to cause injury or harm to; specifically, of persons, to hurt the feelings of; pain.
    • wound To inflict hurt or injury, either physically or morally.
    • wound Preterit and past participle of wind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: More than 20,000 men were killed, wounded, or missing in action in the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862. This was the bloodiest one-day fight during the Civil War.
    • pa.t., pa.p Wound wownd of wind.
    • n Wound wōōnd 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 Wound to make a wound in: to injure
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Search not a wound too deep lest thou make a new one.”
  • Woody Allen
    “I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead -- not sick, not wounded -- dead.”
  • Bible
    “Faithful are the wounds of a friend.”
  • Horace
    “It is the false shame of fools to try to conceal wounds that have not healed.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.”
  • Proverb
    “Little enemies and little wounds must not be despised.”


Open old wounds - If you open old wounds, you revive a quarrel or problem that caused a lot of trouble in the past.
Salt in a wound - If you rub salt in a wound, you make someone feel bad about something that is already a painful experience. 'Pour salt on a wound' is an alternative form of the idiom.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

The British garrison lost only fifty-five in killed and wounded.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
There are stories of one side or the other refusing an armistice to permit the other to gather its wounded.
"The Better Germany in War Time" by Harold Picton
The next lot is the doctor fixin' up the enemy's wounded.
"A Lieutenant at Eighteen" by Oliver Optic
They don't seem to realize that they are wounded and suffer the way normal people would with their wounds.
"Trapped in 'Black Russia'" by Ruth Pierce
The burghers found one white man killed in the fort, and two wounded, whilst a score of kaffirs lay wounded and dead.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
The wounds were particularly severe, and very few had single wounds, many having four to six.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
Sandy's wound was dressed, and he was sent to the rear.
"The Kangaroo Marines" by R. W. Campbell
The pain of the wound is as an intense burning or wounding, and continues troublesome for hours.
"Khartoum Campaign, 1898" by Bennet Burleigh
Shortly afterwards he received a mortal wound.
"The Second Battalion Royal Dublin Fusiliers in the South African War" by Cecil Francis Romer and Arthur Edward Mainwaring
They no longer doubted that he had been wounded by the rhinoceros; but whether the wound was a bad one they could not tell.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

"I have no strength for the battle,
No more than a wounded dove;
O Leopold Anhalt Dessau,
Where art thou, my only love?"
"The Prince Of Anhalt Dessau" by Nora Pembroke
"Ah! pity all the pangs I feel,
If pity e'er ye knew;—
An aged father's wounds to heal,
Through scenes of death I flew.
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
God whose heart hath part
In all grief that is,
Was not man's the dart
That went through thine heart,
And the wound not his?
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
O thoughtes! noe thoughtes but woundes,
Sometimes the seate of Joy
Sometimes the chaire of quiet rest
But nowe of all annoy.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
As if some wounded eagle's breast,
Slow throbbing o'er the plain,
Had left its airy path impressed
In drops of scarlet rain.
"After A Lecture On Wordsworth" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Eve. Ah, how I grieve, O Adam!
O Heaven! what tears I shed,
How do I sigh, O God, wounded in heart,
Now, nor alive nor dead.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 4." by William Cowper

In news:

A bomb blast in Peshawar, Pakistan killed at least nine people and wounded up to 20 others.
19-year-old Warren man suffered wound to shoulder Tuesday near 10 Mile, Lawrence roads.
This wounded knee was our only major injury for 11 people in seven days.
Two men facing charges in the murder of a Youngstown State University senior and wounding of 11 others in 2011 do not want their cases heard by Mahoning County residents.
Wounds move to aid learning.
The 1952 film 'Limelight' wound up being the last one he shot in Hollywood.
In 1492, Columbus crossed the ocean blue — and 520 years later, wound up in a makeshift penthouse high above a corner of Central Park.
The females insert eggs into twigs which leaves a wound.
The females make slits in tree bark and lay their eggs in rows in the wounds.
Toddler was wounded while watching TV.
Nidal Hasan is charged with killing 13 people and wounding 31 in a November 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood.
The wound has already started healing.
Oil prices climbed Friday after Israeli troops fired on crowds in Gaza surging toward the border fence, killing one Palestinian and wounding 19.
Police say a woman found unconscious and suffering from head wounds last week has died.
Ethan McCord on a rooftop in Baghdad on July 12, 2007, shortly after he rescued two wounded children from a van that was fired upon by US Army helicopters.

In science:

Using transverse T-duality one can then reach the Wound IIB theory, and all the other Wrapped Dp-brane theories.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
GsLs δ 1/4 , This is true independently of whether the Wound theory is compactified on a transverse torus or not.
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
The quantity Sn denotes the area of the locus of points around which the curve C has wound n times.
Functionals of the Brownian motion, localization and metric graphs
Starr, “New dimensions for wound strings: The modular transformation of geometry to topology,” Phys.
Notes on Superconformal Chern-Simons-Matter Theories
For instance, the probability density of the angle Θ wound around the origin by an open Brownian curve is given, in the asymptotic regime, by Spitzer’s law P (x = 2Θ/ln t) = 1/(π(1 + x2 )).
Numerical studies of planar closed random walks