- Wind is a breeze or the movement of air.
An example of wind is the way the air moves and makes the tree branches rustle.
- To wind is to take a path that is not straight.
An example of wind is a twisty path through the woods.
- Wind can also mean to wrap something around or to turn a handle of a clock so that the clock will work properly.
- An example of wind is to wrap lights around a tree.
- An example of wind is when you turn the key on a grandfather clock.
A road winds through the hills.
transitive verbwound or Rarewinded, winding
- to turn, or make revolve: to wind a crank
- to move by or as if by cranking
- to turn or coil (string, ribbon, etc.) around itself to form a ball or around something else so as to encircle it closely; twine; wreathe: winding the bandage on his finger
- to wrap or cover by encircling with something turned in the manner of a coil; entwine: to wind a spool with thread
- to make (one's way) in a winding or twisting course
- to cause to move in a winding or twisting course
- to introduce deviously; insinuate: winding his prejudices through all his writings
- to hoist or haul by or as by winding rope on a winch: often with up
- to tighten the operating spring of (a clock, mechanical toy, etc.) by turning a stem or the like: often with up
Origin of windMiddle English winden ; from Old English windan, akin to Old Norse vinda, German winden ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wendh-, to turn, wind, twist from source Armenian gind, a ring
- to move, go, or extend in a curving, zigzagging, or sinuous manner; meander
- to double on one's track, so as to throw off pursuers
- to take a circuitous, devious, or subtle course in behavior, argument, etc.
- to insinuate oneself
- to coil, twine, or spiral (about or around something)
- to warp or twist: said of wood
- to undergo winding: a watch that winds easily
- the act of winding
- a single turn of something wound
- a turn; twist; bend
- to bring or come to an end; conclude
- to become relaxed, less tense, etc.; unwind
- to wind into a ball, etc.
- to entangle or involve
- to bring or come to an end; conclude
- to make very tense, excited, etc.
- ☆ Baseball to use a windup () before pitching the ball
- air in motion; specif.,
- any noticeable natural movement of air parallel to the earth's surface
- air artificially put in motion, as by an air pump or fan
- a strong, fast-moving, or destructive natural current of air; gale or storm
- the direction from which a wind blows: now chiefly in the four winds, with reference to the cardinal points of the compass
- a natural current of air regarded as a bearer of odors or scents, as in hunting: to lose (the) wind of the fox
- figuratively, air regarded as bearing information, indicating trends, etc.: a rumor that's in the wind
- breath or the power of breathing: to get the wind knocked out of one
- idle or empty talk; nonsense
- bragging; pomposity; conceit
- gas in the stomach or intestines; flatulence
- the wind instruments of an orchestra, or the players of these instruments
- any of such instruments
Origin of windMiddle English ; from Old English akin to Old Norse vindr, German wind ; from Indo-European an unverified form wentos (from source Classical Latin ventus) ; from base an unverified form we-, an unverified form awe-, to blow from source weather
- to expose to the wind or air, as for drying; air
- to get or follow the scent of; scent
- to cause to be out of breath: to be winded by a long run
- to rest (a horse, etc.) so as to allow recovery of breath
- designating a musical instrument sounded by blowing air through it, esp. a portable one sounded with the breath, as a flute, oboe, tuba, or trumpet
- composed of or for wind or woodwind instruments
before the wind
between wind and water
- close to the waterline of a ship
- in a dangerous spot
get one's wind upor have one's wind up
get (or have) wind of
how the wind blowsor how the wind lies
in the teeth of the wind
in the wind
into the wind
off the wind
on the wind
take the wind out of someone's sails
Origin of Windfrom the severe winds near its head
- a. Moving air, especially a natural and perceptible movement of air parallel to or along the ground.b. A movement of air generated artificially, as by bellows or a fan.
- a. The direction from which a movement of air comes: The wind is north-northwest.b. A movement of air coming from one of the four cardinal points of the compass: the four winds.
- Moving air carrying sound, an odor, or a scent.
- a. Breath, especially normal or adequate breathing; respiration: had the wind knocked out of them.b. Gas produced in the stomach or intestines during digestion; flatulence.
- often winds Music a. The brass and woodwinds sections of a band or orchestra.b. Wind instruments or their players considered as a group.c. Woodwinds.
- a. Something that disrupts or destroys: the winds of war.b. A tendency; a trend: the winds of change.
- Information, especially of something concealed; intimation: Trouble will ensue if wind of this scandal gets out.
- a. Speech or writing empty of meaning; verbiage: His remarks on the subject are nothing but wind.b. Vain self-importance; pomposity: an expert who was full of wind even before becoming famous.
transitive verbwind·ed, wind·ing, winds
- To expose to free movement of air; ventilate or dry.
- a. To detect the smell of; catch a scent of.b. To pursue by following a scent.
- To cause to be out of or short of breath.
- To afford a recovery of breath: stopped to wind and water the horses.
Origin of windMiddle English, from Old English; see wē- in Indo-European roots.
verbwound wound , wind·ing, winds
- To wrap (something) around a center or another object once or repeatedly: wind string around a spool.
- To wrap or encircle (an object) in a series of coils; entwine: wound her injured leg with a bandage; wound the waist of the gown with lace and ribbons.
- a. To go along (a curving or twisting course): wind a path through the mountains.b. To proceed on (one's way) with a curving or twisting course.
- To introduce in a disguised or devious manner; insinuate: He wound a plea for money into his letter.
- To turn (a crank, for example) in a series of circular motions.
- a. To coil the spring of (a mechanism) by turning a stem or cord, for example: wind a watch.b. To coil (thread, for example), as onto a spool or into a ball.c. To remove or unwind (thread, for example), as from a spool: wound the line off the reel.
- To lift or haul by means of a windlass or winch: Wind the pail to the top of the well.
- To move in or have a curving or twisting course: a river winding through a valley.
- a. To move in or have a spiral or circular course: a column of smoke winding into the sky.b. To be coiled or spiraled: The vine wound about the trellis.
- To be twisted or whorled into curved forms.
- To proceed misleadingly or insidiously in discourse or conduct.
- To become wound: a clock that winds with difficulty.
- The act of winding.
- A single turn, twist, or curve.
Origin of windMiddle English winden, from Old English windan.
transitive verbwind·ed or wound , wind·ing, winds Music
- To blow (a wind instrument).
- To sound by blowing.
Origin of windFrom wind1.
(countable and uncountable, plural winds)
- (countable, uncountable) Real or perceived movement of atmospheric air usually caused by convection or differences in air pressure.
- The wind blew through her hair as she stood on the deck of the ship.
- As they accelerated onto the motorway, the wind tore the plywood off the car's roof-rack.
- The winds in Chicago are fierce.
- Air artificially put in motion by any force or action.
- the wind of a cannon ball; the wind of a bellows
- (countable, uncountable) The ability to exert oneself without feeling short of breath.
- After the second lap he was already out of wind.
- Give me a minute before we jog the next mile — I need a second wind.
- Steve caught wind of Martha's dalliance with his best friend.
- (India and Japan) One of the five basic elements (See the Classical elements).
- (uncountable, colloquial) Flatus.
- Eww. Someone just passed wind.
- Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or by an instrument.
- A direction from which the wind may blow; a point of the compass; especially, one of the cardinal points, which are often called the "four winds".
- A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
- Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
- A bird, the dotterel.
(third-person singular simple present winds, present participle winding, simple past and past participle winded)
- To blow air through a wind instrument or horn to make a sound.
- To cause (someone) to become breathless, often by a blow to the abdomen.
- The boxer was winded during round two.
- (reflexive) To exhaust oneself to the point of being short of breath.
- I can’t run another step — I’m winded.
- (UK) To turn a boat or ship around, so that the wind strikes it on the opposite side.
- To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
- To perceive or follow by scent.
- The hounds winded the game.
- To rest (a horse, etc.) in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe.
From Middle English, from Old English wind (“wind”), from Proto-Germanic *windaz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wéh₁n̥ts (“blowing”), present participle of *h₂weh₁- (“to blow”). Cognate with Dutch wind, German Wind, West Frisian wyn, Swedish vind, Latin ventus, Welsh gwynt, perhaps Albanian bundë (“strong damp wind”); ultimately probably cognate with weather.
(third-person singular simple present winds, present participle winding, simple past and past participle wound or (archaic) winded)
- To turn coils of (a cord or something similar) around something.
- to wind thread on a spool or into a ball
- To tighten the spring of the clockwork mechanism such as that of a clock.
- Please wind that old-fashioned alarm clock.
- To entwist; to enfold; to encircle.
- (ergative) To travel, or to cause something to travel, in a way that is not straight.
- Vines wind round a pole.
- The river winds through the plain.
- To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern.
- To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
- To cover or surround with something coiled about.
- to wind a rope with twine
- The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist.