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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong, abrupt rush of wind.
  • n. A sudden burst, as of rain or smoke.
  • n. An outburst of emotion.
  • intransitive v. To blow in gusts.
  • n. Archaic Relish; gusto.
  • n. Obsolete The sense of taste.
  • n. Obsolete Personal taste or inclination; liking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strong, abrupt rush of wind.
  • n. Any rush or outburst (of water, emotion etc.).
  • v. To blow in gusts.
  • n. The physiological faculty of taste.
  • n. Relish, enjoyment, appreciation.
  • v. To taste.
  • v. To have a relish for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden squall; a violent blast of wind; a sudden and brief rushing or driving of the wind.
  • n. A sudden violent burst of passion.
  • n. The sense or pleasure of tasting; relish; gusto.
  • n. Gratification of any kind, particularly that which is exquisitely relished; enjoyment.
  • n. Intellectual taste; fancy.
  • transitive v. To taste; to have a relish for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sudden squall or blast of wind; a sudden rushing or driving of the wind, of short duration.
  • n. A sudden outburst, as of passionate feeling.
  • n. Synonyms Squall, etc. See wind, n.
  • n. The sense or pleasure of tasting; relish; gusto.
  • n. Gratification of any kind, especially that which is sensual; pleasure; enjoyment.
  • n. Turn of fancy; intellectual taste.
  • To taste; enjoy the taste of; have a relish for.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a strong current of air

Etymologies

Probably from Old Norse gustr; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English guste, taste, from Latin gustus; see gusto.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently from Old Norse gustr, though not recorded before Shakespeare. (Wiktionary)
From Latin gustus ‘taste’. For the verb, compare Latin gustare, Italian gustare, Spanish gustar. (Wiktionary)

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