Beautiful tulips surround this windmill in Holland.
- Windmills grind grains, pump water, and generate electricity.
- The stronger the wind, the faster the rotation of the blades. The blades automatically turn the drive shaft. This process will generate the electricity. Current is sent through the wires within the device and stored.
- The most traditional type of windmill is the horizontal turbine. It is actually similar to the propeller of an airplane.
- A vertical turbine has blades which resemble an egg beater.
- The amount of electricity generated will depend on the size of the windmill.
- Wind turbines produce zero emissions and are renewable power sources.
The definition of a windmill is an engine that makes use of the wind as its power source.
Facts About Windmills
An example of a windmill is a wind turbine on top of a hill that captures and generates electricity.
- a mill operated by the wind's rotation of large, oblique vanes radiating from a shaft: the rotating vanes generate power for the mill in grinding grain, pumping water, etc.
- wind turbine
- anything like a windmill, as a propellerlike toy (pinwheel) revolved by wind
tilt at windmills
Origin of windmillsee tilt, intransitive verb
- A machine that runs on the energy generated by a wheel of adjustable blades or slats rotated by the wind.
- Something, such as a toy pinwheel, that is similar to a windmill in appearance or operation.
intr. & tr.v.wind·milled, wind·mill·ing, wind·mills
- A machine which translates linear motion of wind to rotational motion by means of adjustable vanes called sails.
- The structure containing such machinery.
- A child's toy consisting of vanes mounted on a stick that rotate when blown by a person or by the wind.
- (basketball) A dunk where the dunker swings his arm in a circular motion before throwing the ball through the hoop.
- A guitar move where the strumming hand mimics a turning windmill.
- (juggling) The false shower.
(third-person singular simple present windmills, present participle windmilling, simple past and past participle windmilled)
From Middle English windmille, windmelle, windmulle, windmilne, wyndemylne, from Old English *windmylen, equivalent to wind +"Ž mill. Cognate with Scots wyndmyln, wyndmyl (“windmill"), Saterland Frisian WiendmÃ¤Ã¤lne (“windmill"), West Frisian wynmÃ»ne (“windmill"), Dutch windmolen (“windmill"), Dutch Low Saxon windmÃ¶lle (Achterhooks), wiendmeule (“windmill") (Drents, Veluws), German WindmÃ¼hle (“windmill"), Danish vindmÃ¸lle (“windmill"), Swedish vindmÃ¶lla (“windmill"), Icelandic vindmylla (“windmill").