Pronunciation Noun

wand (plural wands)

  1. A hand-held narrow rod, usually used for pointing or instructing, or as a traditional emblem of authority.
  2. (by extension) An instrument shaped like a wand, such as a curling wand.
  3. A magic wand.
  4. A stick, branch, or stalk, especially of willow.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      The skillful shepherd peeled me certain wands.
  5. A card of a particular suit of the minor arcana in tarot, the wands.
  • French: baguette
  • German: Stab
  • Italian: bacchetta
  • Portuguese: varinha
  • Russian: па́лочка
  • Spanish: varita

wand (wands, present participle wanding; past and past participle wanded)

  1. (transitive) To scan (e.g. a passenger at an airport) with a metal detector.

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