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1wind

noun, often attributive \ˈwind, archaic or poetic ˈwīnd\

Definition of WIND

1
a :  a natural movement of air of any velocity; especially :  the earth's air or the gas surrounding a planet in natural motion horizontally
b :  an artificially produced movement of air
c :  solar wind, stellar wind
2
a :  a destructive force or influence
b :  a force or agency that carries along or influences :  tendency, trend <withstood the winds of popular opinion — Felix Frankfurter>
3
a :  breath 4a
b :  breath 2a
c :  the pit of the stomach :  solar plexus
4
:  gas generated in the stomach or the intestines <pass wind>
5
a :  compressed air or gas
b archaic :  air
6
:  something that is insubstantial: as
a :  mere talk :  idle words
b :  nothing, nothingness
c :  vain self-satisfaction
7
a :  air carrying a scent (as of a hunter or game)
b :  slight information especially about something secret :  intimation <got wind of the plan>
8
a :  musical wind instruments especially as distinguished from strings and percussion
b plural :  players of wind instruments
9
a :  a direction from which the wind may blow :  a point of the compass; especially :  one of the cardinal points
b :  the direction from which the wind is blowing
wind·less \-ləs\ adjective
wind·less·ly adverb
before the wind
:  in the same direction as the main force of the wind
close to the wind
:  as nearly as possible against the main force of the wind
have the wind of
1
:  to be to windward of
2
:  to be on the scent of
3
:  to have a superior position to
in the wind
:  about to happen :  astir, afoot <change is in the wind>
near the wind
1
:  close to the wind
2
:  close to a point of danger :  near the permissible limit
off the wind
:  away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
on the wind
:  toward the direction from which the wind is blowing
to the wind or to the winds
:  aside, away <threw caution to the wind>
under the wind
1
:  to leeward
2
:  in a place protected from the wind :  under the lee

Origin of WIND

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German wint wind, Latin ventus, Greek aēnai to blow, Sanskrit vāti it blows
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

Rhymes with WIND

2wind

verb \ˈwind\

Definition of WIND

transitive verb
1
:  to detect or follow by scent
2
:  to expose to the air or wind :  dry by exposing to air
3
:  to make short of breath
4
:  to regulate the wind supply of (an organ pipe)
5
:  to rest (as a horse) in order to allow the breath to be recovered
intransitive verb
1
:  to scent game
2
dial :  to pause for breath

First Known Use of WIND

15th century

3wind

verb \ˈwīnd, ˈwind\
wind·ed \ˈwīn-dəd, ˈwin-\ or wound \ˈwand\ wind·ing

Definition of WIND

transitive verb
1
:  to cause (as a horn) to sound by blowing :  blow
2
:  to sound (as a call or note) on a horn <wound a rousing call — R. L. Stevenson>
intransitive verb
:  to produce a sound on a horn

Origin of WIND

1wind
First Known Use: 1586

4wind

verb \ˈwīnd\
wound \ˈwand\ also wind·edwind·ing

Definition of WIND

transitive verb
1
a obsolete :  weave
b :  entangle, involve
c :  to introduce sinuously or stealthily :  insinuate
2
a :  to encircle or cover with something pliable :  bind with loops or layers
b :  to turn completely or repeatedly about an object :  coil, twine
c (1) :  to hoist or haul by means of a rope or chain and a windlass
(2) :  to move (a ship) by hauling on a capstan
d (1) :  to tighten the spring of <wind a clock>
(2) obsolete :  to make tighter :  tighten, tune (3) :  crank
e :  to raise to a high level (as of excitement or tension) —usually used with up
3
a :  to cause to move in a curving line or path
b archaic :  to turn the course of; especially :  to lead (a person) as one wishes
c (1) :  to cause (as a ship) to change direction :  turn
(2) :  to turn (a ship) end for end
d :  to traverse on a curving course <the river winds the valley>
e :  to effect by or as if by curving
intransitive verb
1
:  bend, warp
2
a :  to have a curving course or shape :  extend in curves
b :  to proceed as if by winding
3
:  to move so as to encircle something
4
:  to turn when lying at anchor

Origin of WIND

Middle English, from Old English windan to twist, move with speed or force, brandish; akin to Old High German wintan to wind, Umbrian ohavendu let him turn aside
First Known Use: before 12th century

5wind

noun \ˈwīnd\

Definition of WIND

1
:  a mechanism (as a winch) for winding
2
:  an act of winding :  the state of being wound
3
:  coil, turn
4
:  a particular method of winding

First Known Use of WIND

14th century

Wind

geographical name \ˈwind\

Definition of WIND

river W cen Wyoming, the upper course of Bighorn River

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