Definition of wand in US English:



  • 1A long, thin stick or rod.

    • ‘Next, he uses the steaming wand to whip up an ideal cream, not too airy, not too thin.’
    • ‘A very polite guy came over and started to run the wand over me.’
    • ‘I would hold a wand, made of the silver stick, silver star, and ribbons and on my feet the pink ballet shoes.’
    • ‘There is a tip wand that stretches the sail out to fit onto the winglets, which are held in place by the aluminum tip tube.’
    • ‘One way to teach the horse how to back up is to use a whip handle (or you can call it a stick or a wand if you like those terms better) to show the horse which foot you want him to move.’
    • ‘Blind-folded and with the crowd egging him on, the wand in his hand moved in the air swiftly and continuously in search of that elusive pot.’
    • ‘During a routine security check at the airport in Kuujjuaraapik, a man became agitated when the wand that is used to check for metal began to beep loudly when security agents waved it near him.’
    • ‘They check between my legs with a wand that makes a noise. They do all of this in front of other passengers.’
    • ‘You will need to keep the pressure wand fairly close to the siding surface to effectively remove the old paint.’
    • ‘But this time, anytime, you know, the wand beeped, they touched me in that spot.’
    • ‘Air Jamaica has reduced its flights to the UK in the wake of the introduction of hi-tech wands that can detect cocaine inside passengers.’
    • ‘Each musician uses a fibre-optic wand to trigger samples of the space sounds.’
    • ‘The physician merely waves an electronic wand in front of the patient's chest.’
    • ‘The day begins with early risers ‘beating’ those who are still in bed with small whips or wands made of colored paper by the children of the household.’
    • ‘Maintain an adequate and consistent distance between the pressure wand and the brickwork so that the spray is not concentrated in orie spot.’
    • ‘Driven by gears rather then a belt, it also has a telescopic wand to reach tight corners, no bag and washable filters.’
    • ‘These range from those high-pressure watering wands designed for insect control to natural predators like lacewings and predatory mites to botanical and chemical pesticides.’
    • ‘It is driven by gears rather than a belt, and also comes with a telescopic extendable wand which means it can get into tight corners and edges.’
    • ‘Teams of ‘logocops’ have been scanning Olympic souvenir items in shops and market stalls across Sydney with special wands that can detect ‘unofficial’ goods.’
    • ‘Helping children sail through their homework, Geetika might not have a wand, but she is using a more potent energy: the Internet.’
    baton, stick, staff, pole, bar, dowel, rod, stake
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    1. 1.1 A stick or rod thought to have magic properties, held by a magician, fairy, or conjuror and used in casting spells or performing tricks.
      ‘the fairy godmother waves her magic wand and grants the heroine's wishes’
      • ‘For example, in ritual, swords or knives or wands or candles are often symbolically plunged into chalices.’
      • ‘A blaze at a Bradford bookstore almost left Harry Potter fans snapping their wands in frustration.’
      • ‘To see Sam now compared to how he was last week is amazing, It's as if someone has waved a magic wand to help him get better.’
      • ‘Charity muttered something, raised her wand, and send electrical blue sparks towards the dragon.’
      • ‘Sure, the wand, chalice, dagger, and pentacle are fairly impressive allegorical objects, but frankly, they're quite outdated.’
      • ‘An all-new spell-casting system allows players to really feel the magic for the first time as the controller shakes and reacts with every flick of the wand.’
      • ‘In these exciting postmodern times, the old school elemental weapons of wand, pentacle, sword and cup are just no longer relevant to our 21st century lives.’
      • ‘Like a magician waving his magic wand, McGrath took on the guise of Merlin as he wove his magic, enrapturing his team-mates, opponents and adoring masses.’
      • ‘Instead, it is told how Branchus cured plague once by a sprinkling of water from his wand and with two lines of strange words, each line consisting of arrangements of the 24 letters of the alphabet.’
      • ‘Harry handed him his wand back, only lingering a little as the buzz passed through them.’
      • ‘To couch it in Wilson's terms, the skills you need are vaguely analogous to the qualities represented by the cup, the wand, the sword and the pentacle.’
      • ‘I wanted my Harry Potter supply box that came with four pencils and eight crayons and a ruler and a glue stick that all looked like wands.’
      • ‘Hats, bats and wands were created in the art department, while ghoulish recipes were cooked up in the kitchen.’
      • ‘It is like a magic trick, those wands which turn into bouquets.’
      • ‘Gone are the wide-eyed kids performing unlikely miracles; enter the spiteful pre-teens who are more than eager to cross swords, and wands, with older muggles and magicians alike.’
      • ‘Just then, the fairy godmother appeared, waved her magic wand, and turned the blades of grass into stems and leaves to hide the cups from the angry queen.’
      • ‘Yes, she has a black cat, a wand, a sword, altars with candies, and statues of gods, goddesses, and saints.’
      • ‘I can't wave a magic wand and suddenly make things right.’
      • ‘I began by celebrating my first Full Moon, in August of 2002, by creating my first wand and formal altar before ritual.’
      • ‘My neighbor tells me it's the magic of the wand combined with my psychic aura.’
      baton, stick, staff, pole, bar, dowel, rod, stake
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    2. 1.2 A staff or rod held as a symbol of office.
      • ‘Wizards are always sticking their wands into any sort of magical affair.’
      baton, stick, staff, pole, bar, dowel, rod, stake
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    3. 1.3informal A conductor's baton.
      baton, stick, staff, pole, bar, dowel, rod, stake
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    4. 1.4 A handheld electronic device that can be passed over a bar code to read the encoded data.
      • ‘The person behind the counter, when I was buying the socks, tried to read the barcode with the ‘wand’, and when it couldn't read it, she hit the wand on the counter.’
      • ‘He swipes a bar-code wand across the waybill, a document that shows the contents and destination of the shipment.’
    5. 1.5 A handheld metal detector, used as a security device.
      • ‘Marshallers replaced their flashlight wands and instead used blue chem-sticks to convey their taxi instructions to pilots.’
      • ‘Raise the hook quickly, add power, and taxi forward following the signals of the deckhand's wand light.’
      • ‘Each wing-walker had only one lighted wand, rather than two.’
      • ‘Keyan headed for the left side spot, guided by a tech in black coveralls on the ground, waving two light wands.’
      • ‘As a result, passengers and crew found orientation difficult, though the provision of snap light wands alleviated this problem to some degree.’
    6. 1.6 A device emitting a laser beam, used especially to create a pointer on a projected image or text.
      • ‘For this purpose, a small signal-creating source is inserted into the magnetic wand.’
      • ‘With his wheezing voice and affinity for using his lecture wand as a torture instrument, any midnight Sabbath sounded better.’
      • ‘Phillips' video montage bombards and caresses the objects with everything from sinuous watery imagery to bouncing polka dots and laser wands that cartwheel and flip with Morse-code rapidity.’
      • ‘The open surgical field of vision is being replaced by images seen through a telescopic wand.’
    7. 1.7 A small stick with a brush at one end used for the application of mascara.
      • ‘I screwed the wand back in the mascara bottle, looked in the mirror and practiced my neutral smile.’
      • ‘Lampley didn't even flinch when she swatted at his eyes with a mascara wand and even powder-puffed his ears.’
      • ‘She opened a drawer in the restroom cabinet, moved aside a curling iron and a hairbrush, and stared with a long face at the coin nestled among the hair pens and mascara wands.’
      • ‘Can you apply mascara on without smearing the wand across your nose?’
      • ‘Use application techniques that permit direct contact with the pest weed, such as wands or paint brushes.’
      • ‘Most assuredly not, says Robinson, who attributes her dramatic transformation to the magic lick of a mascara wand and a touch of gloss.’
      • ‘You can be bored, scared, hypercritical, injured by a mascara wand or half-asleep, and nobody will be any the wiser.’
      • ‘She couldn't use a mascara wand to save herself.’
      • ‘There was a small black dot near the corner of her eye where Leslie had doubtlessly stabbed herself with her mascara wand, and a streak of lip gloss on her glasses.’
      • ‘I stood in front of the mirror and jabbed myself in the eye twice with mascara wand, I was that excited.’
      • ‘It comes in a wand like a mascara brush, which you sweep over your brows to give colour to the hairs rather than the skin.’
      • ‘Noor yelled, swiveling around from her bureau chair to face her, a mascara wand in her hand.’
      • ‘More than 60% of women who have eyelash extensions wave goodbye to the mascara wand for ever, never to be seen without wonder-lashes again.’
      • ‘Mascara wand in hand, I brushed my lashes with black.’
      • ‘When applying mascara, drag the wand outwards to the outer upper corner to open up eyes further.’
      • ‘For once, her mother gave a genuine smile and whipped a mascara wand out of her pocket.’
      • ‘Just swipe the mascaralike wand on your strands for highlights that will last until you next wash your hair.’
      • ‘This comes in a tube with a wand and you apply it like a lip gloss.’
      • ‘Kelly reassured her; now back at the mirror, mascara wand in hand.’
      • ‘She picked up a mascara wand and gently tugged it open, revealing a crisp new wand coated in mascara.’
    8. 1.8Archery A target 6 feet (1.83 meters) high and 2 inches (5.8 cm) wide, set at 100 yards (91.44 meters) for men and 60 yards (54.86 meters) for women.
    9. 1.9wands One of the suits in some tarot packs, corresponding to batons in others.


Middle English: from Old Norse vǫndr, probably of Germanic origin and related to wend and wind.