- a slender stick or rod, especially one used by a magician, conjurer, or diviner.
- a rod or staff carried as an emblem of one's office or authority.
- a slender shoot, stem, or branch of a shrub or tree.
- a small applicator for cosmetics, usually having a brush at the tip: She applied the mascara with a wand.
- U.S. Archery. a slat 6 feet (183 cm) by 2 inches (5 cm) placed at a distance of 100 yards (91 meters) for men and 60 yards (55 meters) for women, and used as a target.
- Also called wand reader. an electronic device, in the form of a handheld rod, that can optically read coded data, as on a merchandise label or tag or the page of a book.
Origin of wand
- a slender supple stick or twig
- a thin rod carried as a symbol of authority
- a rod used by a magician, water diviner, etc
- informal a conductor's baton
- archery a marker used to show the distance at which the archer stands from the target
- a hand-held electronic device, such as a light pen or bar-code reader, which is pointed at or passed over an item to read the data stored there
Word Origin and History for wand-reader
c.1200, from Old Norse vondr "rod, switch," (cf. Gothic wandus "rod," Middle Swedish vander), from Proto-Germanic *wend- "to turn," see wind (v.)). The notion is of a bending, flexible stick. Cf. cognate Old Norse veggr, Old English wag "wall," Old Saxon, Dutch wand, Old High German want, German Wand "wall," originally "wickerwork for making walls," or "wall made of wattle-work" (an insight into early Germanic domestic architecture). Magic wand is attested from c.1400 and shows the etymological sense of "suppleness" already had been lost.