- noun a bar code reader or optical device which is held in the hand to read bar codes on products in a store
- A handheld optical reader, such as that shaped in the form of a pen, which is utilized to scan small amounts of data, such as bar codes at points of sale.
Origin & History of “wand”
A wand is etymologically a ‘bendable’ stick. The word was borrowed from Old Norse vöndr ‘thin straight stick’. this in turn went back to a prehistoric Germanic *wanduz, which was derived from *wand-, *wend- ‘turn’ (source also of English wander, went, etc). A stick that can be ‘turned’ is one that can be ‘bent’, hence a ‘flexible stick’. The earliest record of the word’s use for a ‘stick with magic powers’ comes from the 15th century.