wound

Definitions

General English

  • noun a cut made on someone’s body, usually in fighting
  • verb to hurt someone badly by cutting into their flesh
  • verb to hurt someone’s feelings

Law

  • noun a cut done to the skin of a person
  • verb to injure or to hurt someone in such a way that his or her skin is cut

Medical

  • noun damage to external tissue which allows blood to escape
  • verb to harm someone by making a hole in the tissue of the body

Military

  • noun serious injury, usually involving a cut or other penetration of the skin and flesh

Origin & History of “wound”

Wound is a widespread Germanic word, with relatives in German wunde, Dutch wond, and Icelandic und (Danish vunde is a reborrowing from Low German). Its ultimate origins are uncertain, but it has been speculated that it may go back to an Indo-European base *wen-, which also produced Welsh gwanu ‘stab’.
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