noun (1), often attributive
\ˈwind, archaic or poetic ˈwīnd \

Definition of wind 

(Entry 1 of 6)

1a : 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

2a : 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

3a : breath sense 4a

b : breath sense 2a

c : the pit of the stomach : solar plexus

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

5a : compressed air or gas

b archaic : air

6 : something that is insubstantial: such as

a : mere talk : idle words

b : nothing, nothingness

c : vain self-satisfaction

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 plural winds

a : musical wind instruments especially as distinguished from strings and percussion : the wind instruments of an orchestra

b : players of wind instruments

9a : 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

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


verb (1)
\ˈwind \
winded; winding; winds

Definition of wind (Entry 2 of 6)

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


verb (2)
\ˈwīnd, ˈwind \
winded\ˈwīn-​dəd, ˈwin-​ \ or wound\ˈwau̇nd \; winding

Definition of wind (Entry 3 of 6)

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


verb (3)
\ˈwīnd \
wound\ˈwau̇nd \ also winded; winding

Definition of wind (Entry 4 of 6)

transitive verb

1a obsolete : weave

b : entangle, involve

c : to introduce sinuously or stealthily : insinuate

2a : 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

3a : 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

2a : 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


noun (2)
\ˈwīnd \

Definition of wind (Entry 5 of 6)

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


geographical name
\ˈwind \

Definition of Wind (Entry 6 of 6)

river in west central Wyoming

Note: The Wind River is the upper course of the Bighorn River.

Other Words from wind

Noun (1)

windless \ˈwind-​ləs \ adjective
windlessly adverb

First Known Use of wind

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (3)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wind

Noun (1)

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

Verb (2)

wind entry 1

Verb (3)

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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\ˈwind \

Kids Definition of wind

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


winded; winding

Kids Definition of wind (Entry 2 of 3)

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


\ˈwīnd \
wound\ˈwau̇nd \; winding

Kids Definition of wind (Entry 3 of 3)

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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