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WOUND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does wound mean? 

WOUND (noun)
  The noun WOUND has 4 senses:

1. any break in the skin or an organ caused by violence or surgical incision
2. a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat
3. a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)
4. the act of inflicting a wound

  Familiarity information: WOUND used as a noun is uncommon.


WOUND (adjective)
  The adjective WOUND has 1 sense:

1. put in a coil

  Familiarity information: WOUND used as an adjective is very rare.


WOUND (verb)
  The verb WOUND has 2 senses:

1. cause injuries or bodily harm to
2. hurt the feelings of

  Familiarity information: WOUND used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WOUND (noun)


Sense 1wound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any break in the skin or an organ caused by violence or surgical incision

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

wound; lesion

Hypernyms ("wound" is a kind of...):

harm; hurt; injury; trauma (any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wound"):

bite (a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person)

laceration (a torn ragged wound)

cut; gash; slash; slice (a wound made by cutting)

abrasion; excoriation; scrape; scratch (an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off)

stigmata (marks resembling the wounds on the crucified body of Christ)

raw wound (a wound that exposes subcutaneous tissue)


Sense 2wound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A casualty to military personnel resulting from combat

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

combat injury; wound; injury

Hypernyms ("wound" is a kind of...):

loss; personnel casualty (military personnel lost by death or capture)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "wound"):

blighty wound (a wound that would cause an English soldier to be sent home from service abroad)

flesh wound (a wound that does not damage important internal organs or shatter any bones)


Sense 3wound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Context examples:

he feared that mentioning it might reopen the wound / deep in her breast lives the silent wound / The right reader of a good poem can tell the moment it strikes him that he has taken an immortal wound--that he will never get over it

Hypernyms ("wound" is a kind of...):

distress; hurt; suffering (psychological suffering)


Sense 4wound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of inflicting a wound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

wounding; wound

Hypernyms ("wound" is a kind of...):

damage; harm; hurt; scathe (the act of damaging something or someone)


WOUND (adjective)


Sense 1wound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put in a coil

Similar:

coiled (curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals))


WOUND (verb)


Sense 1wound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause injuries or bodily harm to

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

wound; injure

Hypernyms (to "wound" is one way to...):

hurt (give trouble or pain to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wound"):

harm (cause or do harm to)

run down; run over (injure or kill by running over, as with a vehicle)

break; fracture (fracture a bone of)

hit; pip; shoot (hit with a missile from a weapon)

knife; stab (use a knife on)

scrape; skin (bruise, cut, or injure the skin or the surface of)

bruise; contuse (injure the underlying soft tissue of bone of)

graze (break the skin (of a body part) by scraping)

disable; handicap; incapacitate; invalid (injure permanently)

subluxate (sprain or dislocate slightly)

trample (injure by trampling or as if by trampling)

concuss (injure the brain; sustain a concussion)

calk (injure with a calk)

excruciate; torment; torture (subject to torture)

overstretch; pull (strain abnormally)

shock; traumatise; traumatize (inflict a trauma upon)

maim (injure or wound seriously and leave permanent disfiguration or mutilation)

rick; sprain; turn; twist; wrench; wrick (twist suddenly so as to sprain)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2wound [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hurt the feelings of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

spite; bruise; injure; wound; offend; hurt

Context examples:

She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests / This remark really bruised me ego

Hypernyms (to "wound" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "wound"):

affront; diss; insult (treat, mention, or speak to rudely)

lacerate (deeply hurt the feelings of; distress)

sting (cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging)

abase; chagrin; humble; humiliate; mortify (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot wound Sue


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