Main definitions of wound in English

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noun

  • 1An injury to living tissue caused by a cut, blow, or other impact, typically one in which the skin is cut or broken.

    • ‘She had a broken leg, bullet wounds, and damaged hearing following the explosion.’
    • ‘Protect existing wounds, skin rashes or lesions, conjunctivae and mucosal surfaces from all blood and body fluids.’
    • ‘He had sustained fractures to his skull, pelvis, and lower back, chest wounds and a broken arm.’
    • ‘Australian doctors patched her wounds with tissue taken from her left thigh.’
    • ‘I saw back injuries, head injuries, broken fingers, leg wounds and much more.’
    • ‘Renny was still in sore shape from the gunshot wounds and broken ribs, but he was now out of danger.’
    • ‘She also works with a doctor to heal wounds and scar tissue, using glycolic peel, a powerful concentrate of lactic and fruit acids.’
    • ‘I could see a wound to the right of her neck, which was bleeding quite heavily.’
    • ‘He was taken to the Northern General Hospital, where he needed nine stitches to a wound to the back of his head.’
    • ‘He also had two stitches put in a wound to his scalp after being taken by ambulance to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.’
    • ‘The plant is used by the folk healers of tropical West Africa to cure fever, skin ulcerations and wounds.’
    • ‘Top Bradford doctors have found an unusual alternative to cover wounds - frog skin.’
    • ‘He suffered head injuries and knife wounds to his back and thigh when he and some friends tried to stop a gang attacking a friend outside the club.’
    • ‘The real issue is whether the wound is skin deep or will take years to heal.’
    • ‘If there is an object sticking out of the wound - a knife, or a shard of broken glass, for example - do not remove it.’
    • ‘She put bandages on all my wounds, including my broken and bruised ribs, and my fractured leg.’
    • ‘Minor or even deep wounds to the skin and underlying tissues can be closed by using Butterfly tape or by suturing.’
    • ‘Her wounds appeared fresh; she had burst into tears and could not be consoled for quite some time.’
    • ‘He said that the gun went off again when Mrs Thompson, bleeding from a wound to her body, tried to grapple with the gun.’
    • ‘He received a number of stitches for knife wounds to his chest and arm.’
    injury, lesion, cut, gash, laceration, tear, rent, puncture, slash
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    1. 1.1An injury to a person's feelings or reputation.
      ‘the new crisis has opened old wounds’
      • ‘That day has too many haunting memories and opens up old wounds that have yet to be healed.’
      • ‘The worst part is that it has opened up some old wounds and we will now start to go through another grieving process.’
      • ‘I have only just begun to deal with my feelings, and the wound is still raw.’
      • ‘A positive and creative approach towards family problems changes attitudes and heals old wounds.’
      • ‘You try to rekindle old flames and remember the past and tend to open old emotional wounds.’
      • ‘Old wounds opened as he remembered the sting of refused sanctuaries and broken friendships.’
      • ‘This week a complete attitude reversal could finally heal those past scars and old war wounds.’
      • ‘In a short period of time old wounds were opened up and picked over, and legal assumptions about historical restitution were overturned.’
      • ‘We reopen old wounds of briefly requited, now lost love, hidden pain, suppressed grief.’
      • ‘Your open and receptive attitude heals old wounds and rejuvenates relationships.’
      • ‘If we constantly reinjure ourselves by keeping old wounds open, we cannot love ourselves well.’
      • ‘Reminiscing, the thought opens up old wounds for the proud Clare man.’
      • ‘Is it any wonder that old wounds bleed even after the soothing passage of long years?’
      • ‘It is obvious that the market is still in delicate health, but it is important to distinguish between old scars and new wounds.’
      • ‘This new case has opened up some old wounds and when I heard about your suspicions I was hurt.’
      • ‘Though John and Jocelyn were obviously delighted to spend some time with their daughter, the reunion opened old wounds.’
      • ‘It upsets me as a veteran to see these sorts of old wounds picked apart and used for political purposes.’
      • ‘Or will it deepen old wounds, increase sectarian tension and fuel more bloodshed?’
      • ‘He gained the ability to admit it when he was wrong and used his last year to patch up old wounds and feuds with his daughter.’
      • ‘You tend to dwell on the past and rake up old issues which open old wounds and bring fresh pain in relationships.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Inflict an injury on (someone)

    ‘the sergeant was seriously wounded’
    ‘a wounded soldier’
    • ‘Yuan told him that he and a group of men had seriously wounded another man in order to force him to repay a debt.’
    • ‘Orwell joined the militias and went to the front where he was seriously wounded.’
    • ‘For others, it seems to be a way of communicating their inner distress to others - by wounding themselves, there is something concrete that other people can see.’
    • ‘A Chinese martial arts expert was in custody yesterday after turning the tables on four burglars armed with knives, killing two of them and seriously wounding a third.’
    • ‘He came by last night and attacked my servants, mortally wounding one and incapacitating the other and threatened me with my life if I didn't hand the gems over.’
    • ‘We handcuffed him, but he broke the chain of the handcuffs by pulling them apart and ended up wounding his hand.’
    • ‘By murdering 37 and wounding scores of devotees, perpetrators have widened the emotional and communal divide.’
    • ‘I told him that a friend of mine had been badly wounded and was in urgent need of medical attention.’
    • ‘It is clear he is mortally wounded but, true friend that he is, he manages to warn Pepe with his dying breath.’
    • ‘Soldiers wounded in battle were treated to tender loving care in Rochdale.’
    • ‘Section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 creates the offence of unlawfully and maliciously wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm.’
    • ‘He still remembers the day when a deer unexpectedly attacked a former zoo official, seriously wounding him in the arm.’
    • ‘The 16-year-old appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing after a jury convicted him of wounding the other boy with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.’
    • ‘She preferred wounding someone or having herself get injured instead of having anyone dead.’
    • ‘Rama has no option but to crawl, wounding her hands and tearing her clothes as she inches towards her distant school.’
    • ‘He was seriously wounded twice and two of his horses were shot beneath him.’
    • ‘He thinks the swan was shot and we both wondered at the mindset of someone who could wound such a graceful animal.’
    • ‘When soldiers surrounded the house, Mr Shwairah let off eight bursts of gunfire, seriously wounding one of the soldiers.’
    • ‘He was wounded and decorated for bravery in a vicious battle five days after the landings.’
    • ‘Three of the soldiers that I knew as comrades were seriously wounded by shrapnel and gunfire.’
    injure, hurt, damage, harm, maim, mutilate, disable, incapacitate, scar
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    1. 1.1Injure (a person's feelings)
      ‘you really wounded his pride when you turned him down’
      ‘her wounded feelings’
      • ‘Only I know how wounded my pride was when he stretched on the bed like a lazy cat and fell asleep.’
      • ‘Challenges of this kind confront their notion of who they are, puncturing their complacency and wounding their egos, so that they are rarely able to resist responding.’
      • ‘It wounds our egos when patients leave us, no matter how unjustified their reasons.’
      • ‘It's a problem, and it's often more than a matter of not wounding a buddy's ego.’
      • ‘My pride had been wounded and I should have been big enough to point out where they had gone wrong.’
      • ‘That purge is wounding enough interests and egos to explain the current rift in the party, whatever else might be hidden in its depths.’
      • ‘For a country, the loss of one of their star athletes wounds the national pride.’
      • ‘After marrying Romola he wounds her deepest feelings by betraying her father's solemn trust.’

Origin

Old English wund (noun), wundian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wond and German Wunde, of unknown ultimate origin.

Main definitions of wound in English

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wound2

  • past and past participle of wind

Main definitions of wound in English

: wound1wound2wound3

wound3

  • alternate past and past participle of wind