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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wand \Wand\, n. [Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. v["o]ndr, 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. [1913 Webster] With good smart blows of a wand on his back. --Locke. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically: (a) A staff of authority. [1913 Webster] Though he had both spurs and wand, they seemed rather marks of sovereignty than instruments of punishment. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] (b) A rod used by conjurers, diviners, magicians, etc. [1913 Webster] Picus bore a buckler in his hand; His other waved a long divining wand. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 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. --Burrill. [1913 Webster]