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- 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 powers, as one used by a magician or fairy
- any of various rod-shaped usually hand-held devices, attachments, etc.; specif.,
- an applicator for cosmetics
- an electronic sensor for reading bar codes
- ☆ Archery a slat 6 feet high and 2 inches wide, used as a target at a distance of 100 yards for men and 60 yards for women
Origin: Middle English from Old Norse vǫndr, akin to Gothic wandus from Indo-European base an unverified form wendh- from source wind
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- 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 or baton used by a magician, conjurer, or diviner.
- A pipelike attachment that lengthens the handle of a device or tool: a vacuum cleaner that has two extension wands.
- A hand-held electronic device, often shaped like a rod, that is used for security purposes to detect metal.
- Sports A six-foot by two-foot slat used as an archery target.
Origin: Middle English, from Old Norse vndr.
wand - Computer Definition
A handheld optical reader used to read typewritten fonts, printed fonts, OCR fonts and bar codes. The wand is waved over each line of characters or codes in a single pass.
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