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

  • n. Moving air, especially a natural and perceptible movement of air parallel to or along the ground.
  • n. A movement of air generated artificially, as by bellows or a fan.
  • n. The direction from which a movement of air comes: The wind is north-northwest.
  • n. A movement of air coming from one of the four cardinal points of the compass: the four winds.
  • n. Moving air carrying sound, an odor, or a scent.
  • n. Breath, especially normal or adequate breathing; respiration: had the wind knocked out of them.
  • n. Gas produced in the stomach or intestines during digestion; flatulence.
  • n. Music The brass and woodwinds sections of a band or orchestra. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Music Wind instruments or their players considered as a group. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Music Woodwinds. Often used in the plural.
  • n. Something that disrupts or destroys: the winds of war.
  • n. A tendency; a trend: the winds of change.
  • n. Information, especially of something concealed; intimation: Trouble will ensue if wind of this scandal gets out.
  • n. Speech or writing empty of meaning; verbiage: His remarks on the subject are nothing but wind.
  • n. Vain self-importance; pomposity: an expert who was full of wind even before becoming famous.
  • transitive v. To expose to free movement of air; ventilate or dry.
  • transitive v. To detect the smell of; catch a scent of.
  • transitive v. To pursue by following a scent.
  • transitive v. To cause to be out of or short of breath.
  • transitive v. To afford a recovery of breath: stopped to wind and water the horses.
  • idiom before the wind Nautical In the same direction as the wind.
  • idiom close to the wind Nautical As close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
  • idiom in the wind Likely to occur; in the offing: Big changes are in the wind.
  • idiom near the wind Nautical Close to the wind.
  • idiom near the wind Close to danger.
  • idiom off the wind Nautical In a direction away from the wind.
  • idiom on Nautical In the same or nearly the same direction as the wind.
  • idiom take the wind out of (one's) sails To rob of an advantage; deflate.
  • idiom under the wind Nautical To the leeward.
  • idiom under the wind In a location protected from the wind.
  • idiom up the wind Nautical In a direction opposite or nearly opposite the wind.
  • transitive v. To wrap (something) around a center or another object once or repeatedly: wind string around a spool.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To go along (a curving or twisting course): wind a path through the mountains.
  • transitive v. To proceed on (one's way) with a curving or twisting course.
  • transitive v. To introduce in a disguised or devious manner; insinuate: He wound a plea for money into his letter.
  • transitive v. To turn (a crank, for example) in a series of circular motions.
  • transitive v. To coil the spring of (a mechanism) by turning a stem or cord, for example: wind a watch.
  • transitive v. To coil (thread, for example), as onto a spool or into a ball.
  • transitive v. To remove or unwind (thread, for example), as from a spool: wound the line off the reel.
  • transitive v. To lift or haul by means of a windlass or winch: Wind the pail to the top of the well.
  • intransitive v. To move in or have a curving or twisting course: a river winding through a valley.
  • intransitive v. To move in or have a spiral or circular course: a column of smoke winding into the sky.
  • intransitive v. To be coiled or spiraled: The vine wound about the trellis.
  • intransitive v. To be twisted or whorled into curved forms.
  • intransitive v. To proceed misleadingly or insidiously in discourse or conduct.
  • intransitive v. To become wound: a clock that winds with difficulty.
  • n. The act of winding.
  • n. A single turn, twist, or curve.
  • wind down Informal To diminish gradually in energy, intensity, or scope: The party wound down as guests began to leave.
  • wind down Informal To relax; unwind.
  • wind up To come or bring to a finish; end: when the meeting wound up; wind up a project.
  • wind up To put in order; settle: wound up her affairs before leaving the country.
  • wind up Informal To arrive in a place or situation after or because of a course of action: took a long walk and wound up at the edge of town; overspent and wound up in debt.
  • wind up Baseball To swing back the arm and raise the foot in preparation for pitching the ball.
  • transitive v. Music To blow (a wind instrument).
  • transitive v. Music To sound by blowing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Real or perceived movement of atmospheric air usually caused by convection or differences in air pressure.
  • n. The ability to exert oneself without feeling short of breath.
  • n. One of the five basic elements (see Wikipedia article on the Classical elements).
  • n. Flatus.
  • v. To blow air through a wind instrument or horn to make a sound.
  • v. To cause (someone) to become breathless, often by a blow to the abdomen.
  • v. To exhaust oneself to the point of being short of breath.
  • v. To turn coils of (a cord or something similar) around something.
  • v. To tighten the spring of the clockwork mechanism such as that of a clock.
  • v. To travel, or to cause something to travel, in a way that is not straight.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist; a winding.
  • n. Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a current of air.
  • n. Air artificially put in motion by any force or action
  • n. Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or by an instrument.
  • n. Power of respiration; breath.
  • n. Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence.
  • n. Air impregnated with an odor or scent.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
  • n. Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
  • n. The dotterel.
  • n. The region of the pit of the stomach, where a blow may paralyze the diaphragm and cause temporary loss of breath or other injury; the mark.
  • intransitive v. To turn completely or repeatedly; to become coiled about anything; to assume a convolved or spiral form.
  • intransitive v. To have a circular course or direction; to crook; to bend; to meander.
  • intransitive v. To go to the one side or the other; to move this way and that; to double on one's course.
  • transitive v. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe.
  • transitive v. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
  • transitive v. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern.
  • transitive v. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
  • transitive v. To cover or surround with something coiled about.
  • transitive v. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
  • transitive v. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose.
  • transitive v.
  • transitive v. To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath.
  • transitive v. To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe.
  • transitive v. To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move in this direction and in that; change direction; vary from the direct line or course; bend; turn; double.
  • To go in a crooked or devious course; meander: as, the stream winds through the val ley; the road winds round the hill.
  • To make an indirect advance; “fetch a compass”; “beat about the bush.”
  • To twine; entwine one's self or itself round something: as, vines wind round the pole.
  • To twist one's self or worm one's way into or out of something.
  • To turn or toss about; twist; squirm.
  • To have a twist or an uneven surface, or a surface whose parts do not lie in the same plane, as a piece of wood.
  • To return.
  • To cause to move in this direction and in that; turn.
  • To bend or turn at will; direct according to one's pleasure; vary the course or direction of; hence, to exercise complete control over.
  • To turn or twist round and round on some thing; place or arrange in more or less regular coils or convolutions on something (such as a reel, spool, or bobbin) which is turned round and round; form into a ball, hank, or the like by turning that on which successive coils are placed, or by carrying the coils round it: as, to wind yarn or thread.
  • To form by twisting or twining; weave; fabricate.
  • To place in folds, or otherwise dispose on or around something; bind; twist; wrap.
  • To entwist; infold; encircle: literally or figuratively.
  • To haul or hoist by or as by a winch, whim, capstan, or the like: as, to wind or warp a ship out of harbor; specifically, in mining, to raise (the produce of the mine) to the surface by means of a winding-engine; hoist.
  • To insinuate; work or introduce insidiously or stealthily; worm.
  • To contrive by resort to shifts and expedients (to effect something); bring; procure or get by devious ways.
  • To circulate; put or keep in circulation.
  • To adjust or dispose for work or motion by coiling a spring more tightly or otherwise turning some mechanical device: as, to wind a clock or a watch. See to wind up , below.
  • Hence— To bring to a final disposition or conclusion; finish; arrange and adjust for final settlement, as the affairs of a company or partner ship on its dissolution.
  • To tighten, as the strings of certain musical instru ments, so as to bring them to the proper pitch; put in tune by stretching the strings over the pegs.
  • Hence, figuratively
  • To restore to harmony or con cord; bring to a natural or healthy condition.
  • To bring to a state of great tension; subject to a severe strain or excitement; put upon the stretch.
  • To bring into a state of renewed or continued motion, as a watch or clock, by coiling anew the spring or drawing up the weights.
  • Hence, figuratively
  • To prepare for continued movement, action, or activity; arrange or adapt for continued operation; give fresh or continued activity or energy to; restore to original vigor or order.
  • To hoist; draw; raise by or as by a winch.
  • To force wind through with the breath; blow; sound by blowing: as, to wind a horn: in this sense and the three following pronounced wīnd.
  • To produce (sound) by blowing through or as through a wind-instrument.
  • To announce, signal, or direct by the blast of a horn, etc.
  • To perceive or follow by the wind or scent; nose.
  • To expose to the wind; winnow; ventilate.
  • To drive or ride hard, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind.
  • To rest, as a horse, in order to let him recover wind.
  • n. A winding; a turn; a bend: as, the road there takes a wind to the south.
  • n. Air naturally in motion at the earth's surface with any degree of velocity; a current of air as coming from a particular direction.
  • n. A direction from which the wind may blow; a point of the compass, especially one of the cardinal points.
  • n. Air artificially put in motion by any force or action: as, the wind of a bellows; the wind of a bullet, or a cannon-ball (see windage).
  • n. Air impregnated with animal odor or scent.
  • n. In musical instruments the sound of which is produced by a stream of compressed air or breath, either the supply of air under compres sion, as in the bellows of an organ orin a singer's lungs, or the stream of air used in sound-pro duction, as in the mouth of an organ-pipe, in the tube of a flageolet, or in the voice.
  • n. Breath; also, power of respiration; lungpower. See second wind, below.
  • n. The part of the body in the region of the stomach, a blow upon which causes a temporary loss of respiratory power by paralyzing the diaphragm for a time. It forms a forbidden point of attack in scientific boxing.
  • n. The wind-instruments of an orchestra taken collectively, including both the wood wind (flutes, oboes, etc.) and the brass wind (trumpets, horns, etc.).
  • n. Anything light as wind, and hence ineffectual or empty; especially, idle words, threats, bombast, etc.
  • n. Air or gas generated in the stomach and bowels; flatulence.
  • n. A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
  • n. Hence, figuratively
  • n. Any part or point generally where a blow or attack will most effectually injure.
  • n. Toward ruin, decay, or adversity. Compare to whistle off, under whistle, v. t.
  • n. Figuratively, the position or state of affairs; how matters stand at a particular juncture: as, trifies show how the wind blows.
  • n. Thras. I am come to intreat you to stand my friend, and to favour me with a longer time, and I wil make you sufficient consideration.
  • n. To border closely upon dishonesty or indecency: as, beware in dealing with him, he sails rather close to the wind.
  • n. See sail.
  • n. Synonyms Wind, Breeze, Gust, Flaw, Blast, Storm, Squall, Gale, Tempest, Hurricane, Tornado, Cyclone, etc. Wind is the general name for air in motion, at any rate of speed. A breeze is gentle and may be fitful; a gust is pretty strong, but especially sudden and brief; a flaw is essentially the same as gust, but may rise to the force of a squall; a blast is stronger and longer than a. gust; a storm is a violent disturbance of the atmosphere, generally attended by rain, hail, orsnow; a squall is a storm that begins suddenly and is soon over, perhaps consisting of a series of strong gusts; a gale is a violent and continued wind, lasting for hours or days, its strength being marked by such adjectives as stiff and hard; a tempest is the stage between a gale and a hurricane—hurricane being the name for the wind at its greatest height, which is such as to destroy buildings, uproot trees, etc. A tornado and a cyclone are by derivation storms in which the wind has a circular or rotatory movement (see defs.).

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

  • v. raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
  • v. form into a wreath
  • v. extend in curves and turns
  • v. coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem
  • n. air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
  • n. the act of winding or twisting
  • v. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
  • v. arrange or or coil around
  • n. empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
  • n. an indication of potential opportunity
  • n. a tendency or force that influences events
  • n. a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  • n. breath
  • v. catch the scent of; get wind of
  • n. a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath


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

Middle English, from Old English; see wē- in Indo-European roots.
Middle English winden, from Old English windan.
From wind1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old English windan, from which also wend.



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  • Wind - rimes with dimmed wind rimes with kind. Why is it so difficult to get these two words properly separated in the dictionary.

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    December 12, 2014

  • A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing. --from the definitions.

    January 17, 2013

  • Strong.

    September 7, 2009