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wound 1

1. An injury to an organism, especially one in which the skin or another external surface is torn, pierced, cut, or otherwise broken.
2. An injury to the feelings.
v. wound·ed, wound·ing, wounds
To inflict wounds or a wound on.
To inflict wounds or a wound: harsh criticism that wounds.

[Middle English, from Old English wund; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

wound′ed·ly adv.
wound′ing·ly adv.

wound 2

Past tense and past participle of wind2.

wound 3

v. Music
A past tense and a past participle of wind3.


1. (Pathology) any break in the skin or an organ or part as the result of violence or a surgical incision
2. (Botany) an injury to plant tissue
3. any injury or slight to the feelings or reputation
to inflict a wound or wounds upon (someone or something)
[Old English wund; related to Old Frisian wunde, Old High German wunta (German Wunde), Old Norse und, Gothic wunds]
ˈwoundable adj
ˈwounder n
ˈwounding adj
ˈwoundingly adv
ˈwoundless adj


the past tense and past participle of wind2


(wund; Older Use and Literary waʊnd)

1. an injury, usu. involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather than disease.
2. a similar injury to the tissue of a plant.
3. an injury or hurt to feelings, sensibilities, reputation, etc.
4. to inflict a wound upon; injure; hurt.
5. to inflict a wound.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English wund, c. Old Saxon wunda, Old High German wunta, Old Norse und wound, Gothic wunds wounded]
wound′ed•ly, adv.
wound′ing•ly, adv.



a pt. and pp. of wind 2 and wind3.


1. form and pronunciation

Wound is pronounced (/waʊnd/) or (/wuːnd/).

When it is pronounced (/waʊnd/), it is a past tense and past participle of the verb wind.

See wind

When wound is pronounced (/wuːnd/), it is a noun or a verb.

2. used as a noun

A wound is damage to part of your body, caused by a gun, knife, or other weapon.

...a soldier with a leg wound.
The wound is healing nicely.
3. used as a verb

If someone wounds you, they damage your body using a weapon.

He had been badly wounded in the fighting.
He was wounded in the leg.
4. 'injury'

When someone is hurt in an accident, such as a car crash or a natural disaster, you do not say that they receive a 'wound' or that they 'are wounded'. You say that they receive an injury or are injured.

A fall on the head is a common injury for a baby.
12 people died and 40 were injured in the crash.
See injure


Past participle: wounded
Gerund: wounding

I wound
you wound
he/she/it wounds
we wound
you wound
they wound
I wounded
you wounded
he/she/it wounded
we wounded
you wounded
they wounded
Present Continuous
I am wounding
you are wounding
he/she/it is wounding
we are wounding
you are wounding
they are wounding
Present Perfect
I have wounded
you have wounded
he/she/it has wounded
we have wounded
you have wounded
they have wounded
Past Continuous
I was wounding
you were wounding
he/she/it was wounding
we were wounding
you were wounding
they were wounding
Past Perfect
I had wounded
you had wounded
he/she/it had wounded
we had wounded
you had wounded
they had wounded
I will wound
you will wound
he/she/it will wound
we will wound
you will wound
they will wound
Future Perfect
I will have wounded
you will have wounded
he/she/it will have wounded
we will have wounded
you will have wounded
they will have wounded
Future Continuous
I will be wounding
you will be wounding
he/she/it will be wounding
we will be wounding
you will be wounding
they will be wounding
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wounding
you have been wounding
he/she/it has been wounding
we have been wounding
you have been wounding
they have been wounding
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wounding
you will have been wounding
he/she/it will have been wounding
we will have been wounding
you will have been wounding
they will have been wounding
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wounding
you had been wounding
he/she/it had been wounding
we had been wounding
you had been wounding
they had been wounding
I would wound
you would wound
he/she/it would wound
we would wound
you would wound
they would wound
Past Conditional
I would have wounded
you would have wounded
he/she/it would have wounded
we would have wounded
you would have wounded
they would have wounded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wound - an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
harm, hurt, injury, trauma - any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
raw wound - a wound that exposes subcutaneous tissue
stigmata - marks resembling the wounds on the crucified body of Christ
abrasion, excoriation, scratch, scrape - an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
gash, slash, slice, cut - a wound made by cutting; "he put a bandage over the cut"
laceration - a torn ragged wound
bite - a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
2.wound - a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
blighty wound - a wound that would cause an English soldier to be sent home from service abroad
flesh wound - a wound that does not damage important internal organs or shatter any bones
personnel casualty, loss - military personnel lost by death or capture
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
3.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
distress, hurt, suffering - psychological suffering; "the death of his wife caused him great distress"
4.wound - the act of inflicting a wound
scathe, damage, harm, hurt - the act of damaging something or someone
Verb1.wound - cause injuries or bodily harm to
hurt - give trouble or pain to; "This exercise will hurt your back"
trample - injure by trampling or as if by trampling; "The passerby was trampled by an elephant"
concuss - injure the brain; sustain a concussion
calk - injure with a calk
excruciate, torture, torment - subject to torture; "The sinners will be tormented in Hell, according to the Bible"
overstretch, pull - strain abnormally; "I pulled a muscle in my leg when I jumped up"; "The athlete pulled a tendon in the competition"
traumatise, traumatize, shock - inflict a trauma upon
maim - injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation; "people were maimed by the explosion"
sprain, wrick, rick, wrench, twist, turn - twist suddenly so as to sprain; "wrench one's ankle"; "The wrestler twisted his shoulder"; "the hikers sprained their ankles when they fell"; "I turned my ankle and couldn't walk for several days"
subluxate - sprain or dislocate slightly; "subluxate the hip"
handicap, incapacitate, invalid, disable - injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"
harm - cause or do harm to; "These pills won't harm your system"
run over, run down - injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle
fracture, break - fracture a bone of; "I broke my foot while playing hockey"
shoot, pip, hit - hit with a missile from a weapon
knife, stab - use a knife on; "The victim was knifed to death"
skin, scrape - bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of; "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"
bruise, contuse - injure the underlying soft tissue or bone of; "I bruised my knee"
graze - break the skin (of a body part) by scraping; "She was grazed by the stray bullet"
2.wound - hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"
affront, diss, insult - treat, mention, or speak to rudely; "He insulted her with his rude remarks"; "the student who had betrayed his classmate was dissed by everyone"
arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
lacerate - deeply hurt the feelings of; distress; "his lacerating remarks"
sting - cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging; "His remark stung her"
abase, chagrin, humiliate, humble, mortify - cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of; "He humiliated his colleague by criticising him in front of the boss"
Adj.1.wound - put in a coil
coiled - curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals); "a coiled snake ready to strike"; "the rope lay coiled on the deck"


1. injury, cut, damage, hurt, harm, slash, trauma (Pathology), gash, lesion, laceration Six soldiers are reported to have died of their wounds.
2. (often plural) trauma, injury, shock, pain, offence, slight, torture, distress, insult, grief, torment, anguish, heartbreak, pang, sense of loss Her experiences have left deep psychological wounds.
1. injure, cut, hit, damage, wing, hurt, harm, slash, pierce, irritate, gash, lacerate The driver of the bus was wounded by shrapnel.
2. offend, shock, pain, hurt, distress, annoy, sting, grieve, mortify, cut to the quick, hurt the feelings of, traumatize He was deeply wounded by the treachery of his closest friends.
"what wound did ever heal but by degrees?" [William Shakespeare Othello]


1. Marked tissue damage, especially when produced by physical injury:
2. A state of physical or mental suffering:
1. To cause physical damage to:
2. To inflict physical or mental injury or distress on:
3. To cause suffering or painful sorrow to:
جُرْحيَجْرَحُيَجْرَح الشُّعوريَجْرَح جِسْمانِيّا
상처상처를 입히다
gây tổn thươngvết thương


1 [wuːnd]
A. Nherida f
a bullet/knife wounduna herida de bala/cuchillo
a chest/head wounduna herida en el pecho/la cabeza
to lick one's woundslamer sus heridas
to open up old woundsabrir viejas heridas
see also salt A1
B. VTherir
he was wounded in the legfue herido en la pierna
to wound sb's feelings (fig) → herir los sentimientos de algn
she was deeply wounded by this remark (fig) → su comentario la hirió profundamente


3 [ˈwuːnd]
(= injury) → blessure f
(emotional)blessure f
to open old wounds → rouvrir de vieilles blessures
(= injure) → blesser
He was wounded in the leg → Il a été blessé à la jambe.
I was deeply wounded by his remarks → J'ai été profondément blessé par ses remarques.


n (lit)Wunde f; (fig also)Kränkung f; my old war woundmeine alte Kriegsverletzung; to receive or sustain a serious woundschwer verwundet werden; to open or re-open old wounds (fig)alte Wunden öffnen; the wound to his pridesein verletzter Stolz ? lick
vt (lit)verwunden, verletzen; (fig)verletzen; wounded prideverletzter Stolz; wounded veteranKriegsversehrte(r) m(f)
n the wounded pldie Verwundeten pl


1 [wuːnd]
1. nferita
leg/bullet wound → ferita alla gamba/di proiettile
2. vt (also) (fig) → ferire


(wuːnd) noun
a physical hurt or injury. The wound that he had received in the war still gave him pain occasionally; He died from a bullet-wound.
1. to hurt or injure physically. He didn't kill the animal – he just wounded it; He was wounded in the battle.
2. to hurt (someone's feelings). to wound someone's pride.
ˈwounded adjective
having been injured, especially in war etc. the wounded man.
noun plural
wounded people, especially soldiers. How many wounded are there?


جُرْح, يَجْرَحُ rána, zranit sår, såre verletzen, Wunde πληγώνω, τραύμα herida, herir haava, haavoittaa blesser, blessure rana, raniti ferire, ferita, 傷つける 상처, 상처를 입히다 verwonden, verwonding sår, såre rana, zranić ferida, ferir рана, ранить sår, såra บาดเจ็บ, บาดแผล yara, yaralamak gây tổn thương, vết thương 击伤, 创伤


n. herida, lesión;
contused ______ contusa, lesión subcutánea;
gunshot ______ de bala;
penetrating ______ penetrante;
puncture ______ de punción, con un instrumento afilado;
___ debridementdesbridamiento de ___.


n herida; entrance — orificio de entrada; exit — orificio de salida; flesh — herida superficial (que no afecta ningún órgano); gunshot — herida de bala, balazo (fam); knife — cuchillada; penetrating — herida penetrante; puncture — herida punzante; stab — puñalada, cuchillada; vt herir
References in classic literature ?
She had been talking all the afternoon, and had wound herself up to the storytelling pitch.
A beaten path, such as those made by the periodical passage of the deer, wound through a little glen at no great distance, and struck the river at the point where the white man and his red companions had posted themselves.
But she has no great tenderness even in her best of moods, and, sooner or later -- oftener soon than late -- is apt to fling off her nestlings with a scratch of her claw, a dab of her beak, or a rankling wound from her barbed arrows.
The limit of this evil time had arrived only when, on the dawn of a winter's morning, Peter Quint was found, by a laborer going to early work, stone dead on the road from the village: a catastrophe explained-- superficially at least--by a visible wound to his head; such a wound as might have been produced--and as, on the final evidence, HAD been-- by a fatal slip, in the dark and after leaving the public house, on the steepish icy slope, a wrong path altogether, at the bottom of which he lay.
Like one who after a night of drunken revelry hies to his bed, still reeling, but with conscience yet pricking him, as the plungings of the Roman race-horse but so much the more strike his steel tags into him; as one who in that miserable plight still turns and turns in giddy anguish, praying God for annihilation until the fit be passed; and at last amid the whirl of woe he feels, a deep stupor steals over him, as over the man who bleeds to death, for conscience is the wound, and there's naught to staunch it; so, after sore wrestlings in his berth, Jonah's prodigy of ponderous misery drags him drowning down to sleep.
Even now, when the boats pulled upon this whale, and perilously drew over his swaying flukes, and the lances were darted into him, they were followed by steady jets from the new made wound, which kept continually playing, while the natural spout-hole in his head was only at intervals, however rapid, sending its affrighted moisture into the air.
At the instant of the dart an ulcerous jet shot from this cruel wound, and goaded by it into more than sufferable anguish, the whale now spouting thick blood, with swift fury blindly darted at the craft, bespattering them and their glorying crews all over with showers of gore, capsizing Flask's boat and marring the bows.
As it was, it was a long time before the wound healed, and then he was sold for coal-carting; and what that is, up and down those steep hills, only horses know.
Upon being asked what the difference was, the man had wound up the first halfway and the second all the way, and showed the customer how the latter made twice as much noise; upon which the customer remarked that he was a sound sleeper, and had better take the more expensive clock!
Wound care has come a long way from the days of Maalox and sunlamps.
Nursing Homes/ Long Term Care Management Editor Linda Zinn asked that question of respected wound care researcher Courtney H.