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.
a slender shoot, stem, or branch of a shrub or tree.
a small applicator for cosmetics, usually having a brush at the tip: She applied the mascara with a wand.
U.S. Archery. a slat 6 feet (183 cm) by 2 inches (5 cm) placed at a distance of 100 yards (91 meters) for men and 60 yards (55 meters) for women, and used as a target.
Also called wand reader. an electronic device, in the form of a hand-held rod, that can optically read coded data, as on a merchandise label or tag or the page of a book.

1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse vǫndr; cognate with Gothic wandus

wandlike, adjective
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wand (wɒnd)
1.  a slender supple stick or twig
2.  a thin rod carried as a symbol of authority
3.  a rod used by a magician, water diviner, etc
4.  informal a conductor's baton
5.  archery a marker used to show the distance at which the archer stands from the target
6.  a hand-held electronic device, such as a light pen or bar-code reader, which is pointed at or passed over an item to read the data stored there
[C12: from Old Norse vōndr; related to Gothic wandus and English wend]

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, from O.N. vondr "rod, switch," (cf. Goth. wandus "rod," M.Swed. vander), from P.Gmc. *wend- "to turn," see wind (v.)). The notion is of a bending, flexible stick. Cf. cognate O.N. veggr, O.E. wag "wall," O.S., Du. wand, O.H.G. want, Ger. Wand "wall," orig. "wickerwork
for making walls," or "wall made of wattle-work" (an insight into early Gmc. domestic architecture). Magic wand is attested from c.1400 and shows the etymological sense of "suppleness" already had been lost.
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