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wind

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
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: such as
a : mere talk : idle words
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 plural winds
a : musical wind instruments especially as distinguished from strings and percussion : the wind instruments of an orchestra
b : 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

windless

play \ˈwind-ləs\ adjective

windlessly

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 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

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 (an animal, such as a horse) in order to allow the breath to be recovered
intransitive verb
1 : to scent game
2 dialect : to pause for breath

First Known Use of wind

15th century


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wind

verb \ ˈwīnd , ˈwind \

Definition of wind

winded play \ˈwīn-dəd, ˈwin-\ or wound play \ˈwau̇nd\; winding
transitive verb
1 : to cause (something, such as a horn) to sound by blowing : blow
2 : to sound (a call or note) on a horn
  • wound a rousing call
  • —R. L. Stevenson
intransitive verb
: to produce a sound on a horn

Origin and Etymology of wind


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wind

verb \ ˈwīnd \

Definition of wind

wound play \ˈwau̇nd\ also winded; winding
transitive verb
1 a obsolete : weave
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 (something, such 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 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

noun \ ˈwīnd \

Definition of wind

1 : a mechanism (such 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 in west central Wyoming
Note: The Wind River is the upper course of the Bighorn River.

WIND Defined for Kids

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wind

noun \ ˈwind \

Definition of wind for Students

1 : a natural movement of the air
  • northerly winds
2 : power to breathe
  • Falling down knocked the wind out of me.
3 : limited knowledge especially about something secret
  • They got wind of our plans.
4 winds plural : wind instruments of a band or orchestra

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wind

verb

Definition of wind for Students

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

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wind

verb \ ˈwīnd \

Definition of wind for Students

wound \ˈwau̇nd\; winding
1 : to move in or be made up of a series of twists and turns
  • The trail winds through the trees.
2 : to twist around
  • The machine winds thread on a spool.
3 : to cover with something twisted around : wrap
  • Wind your arm with a bandage.
4 : to make the spring of tight
  • I wound my watch.
wind up
1 : to bring to an end : conclude
  • Let's wind up the meeting.
2 : to reach a place or situation that was not expected
  • How did we wind up back here?
3 : to swing the arm before pitching a baseball


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