American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The west wind.
- n. A gentle breeze.
- n. Any of various soft light fabrics, yarns, or garments.
- n. Something that is airy, insubstantial, or passing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The west wind; poetically, any soft, mild, gentle breeze.
- n. In entomology, a butterfly of the genus Zephyrus.
- n. A trade-name for a textile fabric or yarn, very fine and light of its kind, and for some other things of similar qualities: chiefly in attributive use: as, zephyr worsted; zephyr crackers (that is, biscuits).
- n. a light wind from the west
- n. any light refreshing wind; a gentle breeze
- n. any thing of fine, soft, or light quality, especially fabric
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The west wind; poetically, any soft, gentle breeze.
- n. (Greek mythology) the Greek god of the west wind
- n. a slight wind (usually refreshing)
- From Ancient Greek Ζέφυρος (Zephuros, "westerly wind") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English Zephirus, Zephyrus, from Latin Zephyrus, from Greek Zephuros. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Surges of energy, kaleidoscopic sunlight through the leaves, the soft breeze that makes me want to say the word "zephyr" -- this mindless simplicity can be called happiness.”
“With these nine figures, and with the sign 0 which the Arabs call zephyr, any number whatsoever is written, as will be demonstrated.”
“Another thing they've talked about putting into place is a software program they're calling zephyr which will allow parents to see if their child has a MySpace profile and see what age their child is claiming to be.”
“The software called zephyr (ph) will be available this summer.”
“This is what happened after the convention of the blackbirds: A moaning south wind brought rain; a southwest wind turned the rain to snow; what is called a zephyr, out of the west, drifted the snow; a north wind sent the mercury far below freezing.”
“He's protecting -- or stealing -- a really, really, really neat battery (yes: a battery) called the zephyr, which was designed by a supergenius young man named Simon (Paul Dano).”
“Today he wanted me to spell "zephyr" and see how many points that would be on a triple-word.”
“The day was cloudless and fine, albeit a Colorado "zephyr" was blowing, and the party, with perhaps the single exception of the horse, felt in fine spirits.”
“Harley P. Hennage had crossed from the eating-house, and had just reached the porch of the Silver Dollar saloon, when above the whistling of the "zephyr" he heard the muffled reports of three pistol shots.”
“Donna dismounted, tying Friar Tuck to the "zephyr" by the simple process of dropping the reins over his head, and hurried into the house to prepare her mother's old room for the reception of the wounded man.”
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