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

  • n. See trachea.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The trachea.
  • n. Any duct for air or other gas.
  • n. A section of road or bridleway which has a reputation for having strong crosswinds or localized wind swirls.
  • n. The anus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The passage for the breath from the larynx to the lungs; the trachea; the weasand. See Illust. under lung.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The tube passing from the larynx to the division of the bronchi which conveys the air in respiration to and from the lungs. See trachea, and cut under mouth.

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

  • n. membranous tube with cartilaginous rings that conveys inhaled air from the larynx to the bronchi


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  • The windpipe is clogged by thick, sticky mucus resulting from toxins made by the bacteria.

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  • Grasp the windpipe from the chest cavity, and pull the heart and lungs out toward the entrails on the ground.

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  • Lemme tell you, scalding sausage in the windpipe is NOT a fun feeling.

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  • The windpipe is the musical organ, and it is often very curiously formed.

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  • He is pulling Zoe's leash and choking her - her windpipe is the size of a toothpick you dont pull her leash - does he not know that?

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  • I've always found that crushing her windpipe is a lot more effective.

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  • Typically, what people will do is actually make a little -- you see the little model here -- they make an incision in the neck and actually find the windpipe, which is right here.

    CNN Transcript Feb 24, 2005

  • -- This is caused by an accumulation of material in the windpipe, which is coughed up in pieces of pipe-like substance, and which, if not removed, threatens suffocation.

    Papers on Health

  • The windpipe is the tube containing the column of air.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863

  • The other little cylinder lies in front of the gullet, and is called the windpipe or trachea, and reaches down to the lungs, which are the bellows furnishing the wind for the avian pipe organ.

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  • Simple and descriptive.

    July 2, 2008