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wands

noun

  1. (rod used, magician)  a rod used by a magician or water diviner
    Type of: rod
  2. (branchlet)  a thin supple twig or rod
    Type of: branchlet
  3. (staff)  a ceremonial or emblematic staff
    Synonyms: scepter [American spelling], sceptre [British/Canadian spelling], verge. Type of: staff
  4. (baton)  a thin tapered rod used by a conductor to lead an orchestra or choir
    Synonyms: baton. Type of: rod

Etymology summary

Old Norse vondr "rod, switch", (compare Gothic wandus "rod", M.Swedish vander),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Wand (disambiguation)

a thin, straight, hand-held stick of wood, ivory, or metal. Wand or magic wand may also refer to: Günter Wand, a German orchestra conductor and composer | Hart Wand, an early white American blues musician and composer from Oklahoma City | John W C... (42 of 313 words, 23 definitions)

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Wand

a thin, straight, hand-held stick of wood, stone, ivory, or metal. Generally, in modern language, wands are ceremonial and/or have associations with magic but there have been other uses, all stemming from the original meaning as a synonym of rod and ... (41 of 1811 words, 3 images)

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Oxford Dictionary:

wand | wands

a long, thin stick or rod, in particular | a rod thought to have magic properties, used in casting spells or performing conjuring tricks | a staff or ... (26 of 208 words, 9 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/wand

Wiktionary:

wand | wands [plural] | wanded [past tense] | wanding [present participle]

A stick or staff. | An instrument shaped like a stick or staff such as a curling wand. | a magic wand. | A branch or stalk, especially of willow. | A suit of the minor arcana in tarot, or a card of that suit. | [transitive] To scan (e.g. a passenger at... (48 of 61 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/wand

Macmillan British Dictionary:

wand [countable] | wands [plural]

a thin stick that is used for doing magic | any tool that has the shape of a thin stick (19 of 43 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/wand

New World Dictionary:

wand

a slender, supple switch or shoot, as of a young tree | a rod or staff carried as a symbol of authority; scepter | a rod regarded as having magical ... (28 of 102 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation, 1 image)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wand

Collins Dictionary:

wand | wandlike [adjective, derived]

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 ... (27 of 438 words, 6 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/wand

Merriam-Webster:

wand | verge [synonym, sense-specific]

a slender staff carried in a procession; "verge" | a slender rod used by conjurers and magicians | a slat six feet by two inches used as a target in ... (28 of 141 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/wand

Random House Dictionary:

wand | wand reader [synonym, sense-specific]

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. | ... (27 of 136 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/wand

American Heritage Dictionary:

wand

A thin supple rod, twig, or stick. | A slender rod carried as a symbol of office in a procession; a scepter. | [music] A conductor's baton. | A stick ... (27 of 95 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wand

Cambridge Dictionary:

wand

a special thin stick waved by a person who is performing magic tricks (13 of 32 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/wand

Encarta Dictionary:

wand | wands [plural]

a thin rod believed to possess magical powers, used by supposed magicians, wizards, and supernatural beings | a thin staff carried as a symbol of ... (24 of 101 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709810​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

wand

First use: about 1200

Origin: Old Norse vondr "rod, switch", (compare Gothic wandus "rod", M.Swedish vander), from Proto-Germanic *wend- "to turn", see ... (19 of 84 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=wand

Wiktionary:

wand | wands [plural] | wanded [past tense] | wanding [present participle]

Origin: Middle English wand, wond, from Old Norse vǫndr ("switch, twig"), from Proto-Germanic *wanduz ("rod"), from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- ("to turn, twist, wind, braid"). Cognate with Icelandic vendi ("wand"), ... (27 of 38 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/wand

Merriam-Webster:

wand

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, slender stick, from Old Norse vǫndr; probably akin to Old English windan to wind, twist

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/wand

Oxford Dictionary:

wand | wands

Origin: Middle English: from Old Norse vǫndr, probably of Germanic origin and related to "wend" and "wind2"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/wand

New World Dictionary:

wand

Origin: Middle English from Old Norse vǫndr, akin to Gothic wandus from Indo-European base *wendh- derives "wind"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wand

Collins Dictionary:

wand

First use: 12th century

Origin: from Old Norse vōndr; related to Gothic wandus and English wend

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/wand

American Heritage Dictionary:

wand

Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse vöndr.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/wand

Encarta Dictionary:

wand | wands [plural]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Old Norse vondr "straight flexible stick" from Germanic, "to turn"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861709810​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

wand | wands [plural] | wanded [past tense] | wanding [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "wand"

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Collins Dictionary:

wand

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "wand"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/wand

Macmillan British Dictionary:

wand [countable] | wands [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "wand"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/wand

Macmillan American Dictionary:

wand [countable] | wands [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "wand"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/wand

Cambridge Dictionary:

wand

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "wand"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "wand"

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the Free Dictionary:

wand

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Google Dictionary:

wand | wands [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "wand"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

wand

Audio: North American pronunciation of "wand"

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YourDictionary Audio:

wand

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freedictionary.org:

wand

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