wound

A wound is a serious injury, especially a deep cut through the skin. But things like pride and feelings can also get wounded.

Wounds are serious: we're talking a lot worse than just a scrape or booboo. Just about all the meanings of this word have to do with being hurt. If you got stabbed, you got a stab wound. Soldiers in battle get a lot of wounds from enemies. If someone told you to shut up, they might wound your feelings. If you slipped in a puddle in front of your friends, that might wound your pride.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: wound

1
nv
an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)
cause injuries or bodily harm to
2
adj
put in a coil
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: wound
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n an injury to living tissue (especially an injury involving a cut or break in the skin)

Synonyms:
lesion
Types:
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raw wound
a wound that exposes subcutaneous tissue
stigmata
marks resembling the wounds on the crucified body of Christ
abrasion, excoriation, scrape, scratch
an abraded area where the skin is torn or worn off
cut, gash, slash, slice
a wound made by cutting
laceration
a torn ragged wound
bite
a wound resulting from biting by an animal or a person
graze
a superficial abrasion
rope burn
abrasion (usually on the hands) caused by friction from a rope
dog bite
a bite inflicted by a dog
snakebite
a bite inflicted by a (venomous) snake
Type of:
harm, hurt, injury, trauma
any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.

n the act of inflicting a wound

Synonyms:
wounding
Type of:
damage, harm, hurt, scathe
the act of damaging something or someone

n a casualty to military personnel resulting from combat

Synonyms:
combat injury, injury
Types:
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
Type of:
loss, personnel casualty
military personnel lost by death or capture

n a figurative injury (to your feelings or pride)

“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"--Robert Frost”
Type of:
distress, hurt, suffering
psychological suffering

v cause injuries or bodily harm to

Synonyms:
injure
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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
subluxate
sprain or dislocate slightly
disable, handicap, incapacitate, invalid
injure permanently
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 or bone of
graze
break the skin (of a body part) by scraping
rack
torture on the rack
martyr, martyrise, martyrize
torture and torment like a martyr
sicken
make sick or ill
mar, mutilate
destroy or injure severely
cripple, lame
deprive of the use of a limb, especially a leg
hock
disable by cutting the hock
gun down
strike down or shoot down
grass
shoot down, of birds
kneecap
shoot in the kneecap, often done by terrorist groups as a warning
poniard
stab with a poniard
bayonet
stab or kill someone with a bayonet
crush, jam
crush or bruise
Type of:
hurt
give trouble or pain to

v hurt the feelings of

Synonyms:
bruise, hurt, injure, offend, spite
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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
crush, demolish, smash
humiliate or depress completely
degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
Type of:
arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
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adj put in a coil

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

WORD FORMS

nv
an injury to living tissue
cause injuries or bodily harm to
1 wound
adj
put in a coil
2 wound
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