wound

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[ woond; Older Use and Literary wound ]
/ wund; Older Use and Literary waʊnd /
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noun

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.

verb (used with object)

to inflict a wound upon; injure; hurt.

verb (used without object)

to inflict a wound.

Idioms

    lick one's wounds, to attempt to heal one's injuries or soothe one's hurt feelings after a defeat.

Origin of wound

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English wund; cognate with Old High German wunta (German Wunde), Old Norse und, Gothic wunds; (v.) Middle English wounden, Old English wundian, derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR wound

3 insult, pain, anguish.
4 harm, damage; cut, stab, lacerate.

Related forms

wound·ed·ly, adverbwound·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for lick one's wounds (1 of 2)

wound

1
/ (wuːnd) /

noun

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

verb

to inflict a wound or wounds upon (someone or something)

Derived Forms

Word Origin for wound

Old English wund; related to Old Frisian wunde, Old High German wunta (German Wunde), Old Norse und, Gothic wunds

British Dictionary definitions for lick one's wounds (2 of 2)

wound

2
/ (waʊnd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of wind 2

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Medicine definitions for lick one's wounds

wound

[ wōōnd ]

n.

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.

Related forms

wound v.
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Idioms and Phrases with lick one's wounds (1 of 2)

lick one's wounds

Recuperate from injuries or hurt feelings. For example, They were badly beaten in the debate and went home sadly to lick their wounds. This expression alludes to an animal's behavior when wounded. It was originally put as lick oneself clean or whole, dating from the mid-1500s.


Idioms and Phrases with lick one's wounds (2 of 2)

wound

see lick one's wounds; rub in (salt into a wound).


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