- 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 of wandMiddle English from Old Norse v?ndr, akin to Gothic wandus from Indo-European base an unverified form wendh- from source wind
- 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. A stick or baton used by a magician, conjurer, or diviner.b. A stick or baton associated with the supernatural as a source of power.
- A pipelike attachment that lengthens the handle of a device or tool: a vacuum cleaner that has two extension wands.
- A handheld electronic device, often shaped like a rod, that is used for security purposes to detect metal.
- Sports A narrow slat used as an archery target.
transitive verbwand·ed, wand·ing, wands
Origin of wandMiddle English from Old Norse vöndr
(third-person singular simple present wands, present participle wanding, simple past and past participle wanded)
- To scan (e.g. a passenger at an airport) with a metal detector.
From Middle English wand, wond, from Old Norse vÇ«ndr (“switch, twig") , from Proto-Germanic *wanduz (“rod"), from Proto-Indo-European *wendÊ°- (“to turn, twist, wind, braid"). Cognate with Icelandic vendi (“wand"), Danish vÃ¥nd (“wand, switch"), German Wand (“septum"), Gothic ð…ðŒ°ðŒ½ðŒ³ðŒ¿ðƒ (wandus, “rod").
wand - Computer Definition
A handheld optical reader used to read typewritten fonts, printed fonts, OCR fonts and barcodes. The wand is waved over each line of characters or codes in a single pass.