- 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
Examples from the Web for wand
Without such prodding, the machine's wand simply doesn't have enough torque to move ice cream so formidable.Dr. Mike’s Makes the Best Ice Cream on Earth
Jane & Michael Stern
July 27, 2014
The Magician faces the viewer, his right hand raised above his head and pointing a wand at Heaven.Inside the Prison Journal of West Memphis Three’s Damien Echols
December 31, 2012
Tinkerbell appeared with a wand and fluttered about as the film began to role.Barneys Unveils Disney Themed Christmas Windows: An "Electric Holiday" Campaign
Misty White Sidell
November 15, 2012
"We wanted to take a picture," a drenched Wand Yu-Hon explained, as if it were the most natural thing in the world.Hurricane Sandy Turns Washington, D.C., Into a Ghost Town
October 30, 2012
After growing up on screen, Daniel Radcliffe hangs up his Harry Potter wand this weekend.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
July 16, 2011
A second and a third time the Ethiopian touched him with his wand, and spoke in whispers.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I looked at the impassive face of the spokesman with the wand.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
Then he must take the wand and swing it over the water three times, in a circle.
Or the Master of the Wand may burn incense before the wand in the cabin.
But has your nobleness any serious objection to my carrying a wand?Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- 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
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.