from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having breath or respiratory power of a specified kind. Often used in combination: short-winded; broken-winded.
- adj. Out of breath: a winded runner.
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- v. Simple past tense and past participle of wind. (To cause a person to lose their breath)
- adj. short of breath
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. breathing laboriously or convulsively
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I don't know about you, but I think being long-winded is a sign of intelligence ...
We only stopped talking when we were completely winded from the mountains, were taking pee breaks, (even those are minimally private in open Haitian country-side), or enjoying well-earned sleep.
Already on the second page he made a deft, poetic substitution, changing "the abortive sorrows and unjustified elations of men" to "the abortive sorrows and shortwinded elations of men" – I like the echo of abortive sorrows in shortwinded, and how that brief flutter of air does its sorry best to lift elations.
We rattled forward, on and upward, as if the panorama were unrolling and we were the static point, getting out of nobody's way for the best reason in the world -- that everybody hid at first sight or sound of us, except when we passed near villages, and then the great fierce-fanged curs chased and bayed behind us in short-winded fury.
And there were a couple of actual sprints in there, too, which was the only time I got winded, which is incredibly exciting to me.
He should not be inaccurate, which, however, is not much; he should not be long-winded, which is a good deal; he should not be ill-tempered, which is more; but none of these faults are so damnable as eloquence.
Wendy Billington Innes, clutching a wet handkerchief in her sitting-room, had believed Lilyglit had died, even though the television race commentator, still stalwartly filling up air-time for viewers, had discussed 'winded' as a cause for hope.
The term 'winded' sounded relatively minor: the reality could be frightening.
He confessed that he was thoroughly "winded" when he had been following the trail for nearly two hours, so he seated himself upon a withered stump beside it to rest.
Prepared for such an emergency, he let go a stern anchor, cut his bow cable, and "winded" or turned his ship around so that her other side with its uninjured row of guns was presented to the _Confiance_.
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