Definition of wand in English:


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Pronunciation: /wɒnd


  • 1A long, thin stick or rod, in particular:
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    • One way to teach the horse how to back up is to use a whip handle (or you can call it a stick or a wand if you like those terms better) to show the horse which foot you want him to move.
    • I would hold a wand, made of the silver stick, silver star, and ribbons and on my feet the pink ballet shoes.
    • During a routine security check at the airport in Kuujjuaraapik, a man became agitated when the wand that is used to check for metal began to beep loudly when security agents waved it near him.
  • 1.1A rod thought to have magic properties, used in casting spells or performing conjuring tricks: the fairy godmother waves her magic wand and grants the heroine’s wishes
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    • My neighbor tells me it's the magic of the wand combined with my psychic aura.
    • Like a magician waving his magic wand, McGrath took on the guise of Merlin as he wove his magic, enrapturing his team-mates, opponents and adoring masses.
    • It is like a magic trick, those wands which turn into bouquets.
  • 1.2A staff or rod held as a symbol of office: the beadle rapped noisily with his wand
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    • Wizards are always sticking their wands into any sort of magical affair.
  • 1.3 informal A conductor’s baton.
  • 1.4A small stick with a brush at one end used to apply mascara: a mascara wand
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    • It comes in a wand like a mascara brush, which you sweep over your brows to give colour to the hairs rather than the skin.
    • Mascara wand in hand, I brushed my lashes with black.
    • When applying mascara, drag the wand outwards to the outer upper corner to open up eyes further.
  • 2A handheld electronic device which can be passed over a barcode to read the encoded data: he waves the computer wand over the special barcode
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    • He swipes a bar-code wand across the waybill, a document that shows the contents and destination of the shipment.
    • The person behind the counter, when I was buying the socks, tried to read the barcode with the ‘wand’, and when it couldn't read it, she hit the wand on the counter.
  • 2.1A device emitting a laser beam, used especially to create a pointer on a projected image or text: you pull out a laser wand and point at the screen on the wall
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    • Phillips' video montage bombards and caresses the objects with everything from sinuous watery imagery to bouncing polka dots and laser wands that cartwheel and flip with Morse-code rapidity.
    • The open surgical field of vision is being replaced by images seen through a telescopic wand.
    • For this purpose, a small signal-creating source is inserted into the magnetic wand.
  • 2.2Each of a pair of handheld lights used by a person on the ground to guide a taxiing aircraft at night.
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    • Raise the hook quickly, add power, and taxi forward following the signals of the deckhand's wand light.
    • Keyan headed for the left side spot, guided by a tech in black coveralls on the ground, waving two light wands.
    • As a result, passengers and crew found orientation difficult, though the provision of snap light wands alleviated this problem to some degree.
  • 3 (wands) One of the suits in some tarot packs, corresponding to batons in others.


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

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