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wind

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

Definition of wind

  1. 1a :  a natural movement of air of any velocity; especially :  the earth's air or the gas surrounding a planet in natural motion horizontallyb :  an artificially produced movement of airc :  solar wind, stellar wind

  2. 2a :  a destructive force or influenceb :  a force or agency that carries along or influences :  tendency, trend withstood the winds of popular opinion — Felix Frankfurter

  3. 3a :  breath 4ab :  breath 2ac :  the pit of the stomach :  solar plexus

  4. 4 :  gas generated in the stomach or the intestines pass wind

  5. 5a :  compressed air or gasb archaic :  air

  6. 6 :  something that is insubstantial: such asa :  mere talk :  idle wordsb :  nothing, nothingnessc :  vain self-satisfaction

  7. 7a :  air carrying a scent (as of a hunter or game)b :  slight information especially about something secret :  intimation got wind of the plan

  8. 8 plural winds a :  musical wind instruments especially as distinguished from strings and percussion :  the wind instruments of an orchestrab :  players of wind instruments

  9. 9a :  a direction from which the wind may blow :  a point of the compass; especially :  one of the cardinal pointsb :  the direction from which the wind is blowing

windless

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windlessly

adverb

before the wind

  1. :  in the same direction as the main force of the wind

close to the wind

  1. :  as nearly as possible against the main force of the wind

have the wind of

  1. 1 :  to be to windward of

  2. 2 :  to be on the scent of

  3. 3 :  to have a superior position to

in the wind

  1. :  about to happen :  astir, afoot change is in the wind

near the wind

  1. 1 :  close to the wind

  2. 2 :  close to a point of danger :  near the permissible limit

off the wind

  1. :  away from the direction from which the wind is blowing

on the wind

  1. :  toward the direction from which the wind is blowing

to the wind

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to the winds

  1. :  aside, away threw caution to the wind

under the wind

  1. 1 :  to leeward

  2. 2 :  in a place protected from the wind :  under the lee

Origin and Etymology of wind

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German wint wind, Latin ventus, Greek aēnai to blow, Sanskrit vāti it blows

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wind

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verb \ˈwind\

Definition of wind

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to detect or follow by scent

  3. 2 :  to expose to the air or wind :  dry by exposing to air

  4. 3 :  to make short of breath

  5. 4 :  to regulate the wind supply of (an organ pipe)

  6. 5 :  to rest (an animal, such as a horse) in order to allow the breath to be recovered

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to scent game

  9. 2 dialect :  to pause for breath

First Known Use of wind

15th century


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wind

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verb \ˈwīnd, ˈwind\

Definition of wind

winded

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wound

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winding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cause (something, such as a horn) to sound by blowing :  blow

  3. 2 :  to sound (a call or note) on a horn wound a rousing call — R. L. Stevenson

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to produce a sound on a horn

Origin and Etymology of wind

1wind


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wind

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verb \ˈwīnd\

Definition of wind

wound

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winded

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winding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a obsolete :  weaveb :  entangle, involvec :  to introduce sinuously or stealthily :  insinuate

  3. 2a :  to encircle or cover with something pliable :  bind with loops or layersb :  to turn completely or repeatedly about an object :  coil, twinec (1) :  to hoist or haul by means of a rope or chain and a windlass (2) :  to move (a ship) by hauling on a capstand (1) :  to tighten the spring of wind a clock (2) obsolete :  to make tighter :  tighten, tune (3) :  cranke :  to raise to a high level (as of excitement or tension) —usually used with up

  4. 3a :  to cause to move in a curving line or pathb archaic :  to turn the course of; especially :  to lead (a person) as one wishesc (1) :  to cause (something, such as a ship) to change direction :  turn (2) :  to turn (a ship) end for endd :  to traverse on a curving course the river winds the valleye :  to effect by or as if by curving

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  bend, warp

  7. 2a :  to have a curving course or shape :  extend in curvesb :  to proceed as if by winding

  8. 3 :  to move so as to encircle something

  9. 4 :  to turn when lying at anchor

Origin and Etymology 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


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wind

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noun \ˈwīnd\

Definition of wind

  1. 1 :  a mechanism (such as a winch) for winding

  2. 2 :  an act of winding :  the state of being wound

  3. 3 :  coil, turn

  4. 4 :  a particular method of winding

First Known Use of wind

14th century


Wind

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geographical name \ˈwind\

Definition of Wind

  1. river in west central Wyoming The Wind River is the upper course of the Bighorn River.


WIND Defined for Kids

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wind

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noun \ˈwind\

Definition of wind for Students

  1. 1 :  a natural movement of the air northerly winds

  2. 2 :  power to breathe Falling down knocked the wind out of me.

  3. 3 :  limited knowledge especially about something secret They got wind of our plans.

  4. 4 winds plural :  wind instruments of a band or orchestra


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wind

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verb

Definition of wind for Students

winded

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winding

  1. :  to cause to be out of breath Climbing the long flight of stairs winded him.


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wind

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verb \ˈwīnd\

Definition of wind for Students

wound

\ˈwau̇nd\;

winding

  1. 1 :  to move in or be made up of a series of twists and turns The trail winds through the trees.

  2. 2 :  to twist around The machine winds thread on a spool.

  3. 3 :  to cover with something twisted around :  wrap Wind your arm with a bandage.

  4. 4 :  to make the spring of tight I wound my watch.

wind up

  1. 1 :  to bring to an end :  conclude Let's wind up the meeting.

  2. 2 :  to reach a place or situation that was not expected How did we wind up back here?

  3. 3 :  to swing the arm before pitching a baseball



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