wound(redirected from bullet wound)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
wound1(wund; Older Use and Literary waʊnd)
Wound is pronounced (/waʊnd/) or (/wuːnd/).
When it is pronounced (/waʊnd/), it is a past tense and past participle of the verb wind.
When wound is pronounced (/wuːnd/), it is a noun or a verb.
A wound is damage to part of your body, caused by a gun, knife, or other weapon.
If someone wounds you, they damage your body using a weapon.
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.
Past participle: wounded
|Noun||1.||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
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
|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|
|4.||wound - the act of inflicting a wound|
|Verb||1.||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"
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"
harm - cause or do harm to; "These pills won't harm your system"
skin, scrape - bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of; "The boy skinned his knee when he fell"
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"
|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"
a bullet/knife wound → una herida de bala/cuchillo
a chest/head wound → una herida en el pecho/la cabeza
to lick one's wounds → lamer sus heridas
to open up old wounds → abrir viejas heridas
see also salt A1