- an injury, usually involving division of tissue or rupture of the integument or mucous membrane, due to external violence or some mechanical agency rather than disease.
- a similar injury to the tissue of a plant.
- an injury or hurt to feelings, sensibilities, reputation, etc.
- to inflict a wound upon; injure; hurt.
- to inflict a wound.
- lick one's wounds, to attempt to heal one's injuries or soothe one's hurt feelings after a defeat.
Origin of wound1
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Examples from the Web for wounding
Earlier this week, Martin Rouleau-Couture ran his car into two Canadian soldiers in Quebec, killing one and wounding another.Lone Wolves, Terrorist Runts, and the Stray Dogs of ISIS
October 24, 2014
This was on July 16, after a car bomb exploded in Sadr City killing at least nine people and wounding dozens.The Brewing Battle for Baghdad
August 3, 2014
Salvi then methodically riddled the rest of the room with bullets, wounding three other people in the clinic.The Supreme Court Lets Abortion Clinics Protect Themselves
June 26, 2014
This petty and wounding act led people across Ukraine to label Sunday a “Day of Forbidden Sorrow.”Putin vs. Humanity
May 20, 2014
While holding the remaining students hostage, he shot two responding police officers, killing one and wounding the other.An American-Style School Shooting in Moscow
Andrew S. Bowen
February 4, 2014
It was Kua-ko, and after wounding me with his spear he was about to finish me with his knife.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
He had once been too scrupulous in not wounding vanity; he was now too indifferent to it.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Only once did a sorcerer succeed in wounding Notscha in the left arm.The Chinese Fairy Book
Oh, how I regret the brutal, wounding things I said to you, Wilhelmine!A Nest of Spies
If, however, the wounding is accidental, he shall simply pay for the harm done.Laws
- any break in the skin or an organ or part as the result of violence or a surgical incision
- an injury to plant tissue
- any injury or slight to the feelings or reputation
- to inflict a wound or wounds upon (someone or something)
- the past tense and past participle of wind 2
Word Origin and History for wounding
Old English wund "hurt, injury," from Proto-Germanic *wundaz (cf. Old Saxon wunda, Old Norse und, Old Frisian wunde, Old High German wunta, German wunde "wound"), perhaps from PIE root *wen- "to beat, wound."
Old English wundian, from the source of wound (n.). Cognate with Old Frisian wundia, Middle Dutch and Dutch wonden, Old High German wunton, German verwunden, Gothic gawundon. Figurative use from c.1200. Related: Wounded; wounding.
- Injury to a part or tissue of the body, especially one caused by physical trauma and characterized by tearing, cutting, piercing, or breaking of the tissue.
- An incision.