Wand(?), n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. vndr, akin to Dan. vaand, Goth. wandus; perhaps originally, a pliant twig, and akin to E. wind to turn.] 1. A small stick; a rod; a verge.
With good smart blows of a wand on his back.Locke.
2. Specifically: (a) A staff of authority.
Though he had both spurs and wand, they seemed rather marks of sovereignty than instruments of punishment.Sir P. Sidney.
(b) A rod used by conjurers, diviners, magicians, etc.
Picus bore a buckler in his hand;Dryden.
His other waved a long divining wand.
Wand of peace
(Scots Law), a wand, or staff, carried by the messenger of a court, which he breaks when deforced (that is, hindered from executing process), as a symbol of the deforcement, and protest for remedy of law.
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