- the return of relatively normal ease in breathing following the initial exhaustion that occurs during severe exertion or exercise, as while running
- recovered capacity or renewed energy for continuing any sort of effort
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- The return of relative ease of breathing after the initial exhaustion that occurs during continued physical exertion.
- Restored energy or strength.
second wind - Cultural Definition
A new surge of energy after a period of mental or physical exhaustion: “At the midway mark, the marathoner got her second wind and left the other runners far behind.” The expression refers to the fact that a person's metabolism changes to a more efficient mode during prolonged exercise.