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Definitions of wind

  1. a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  2. an indication of potential opportunity; " he got a tip on the stock market"; " a good lead for a job"
  3. extend in curves and turns; " The road winds around the lake"
  4. raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; " hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
  5. empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; " that's a lot of wind"; " don't give me any of that jazz"
  6. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; " the river winds through the hills"; " the path meanders through the vineyards"; " sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
  7. catch the scent of; get wind of; " The dog nosed out the drugs"
  8. wrap or coil around; " roll your hair around your finger"; " Twine the thread around the spool"
  9. the act of winding or twisting; " he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
  10. breath; " the collision knocked the wind out of him"
  11. a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
  12. a tendency or force that influences events; " the winds of change"
  13. coil the spring of ( some mechanical device) by turning a stem; " wind your watch"
  14. form into a wreath
  15. air moving ( sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; " trees bent under the fierce winds"; " when there is no wind, row".
  16. The dotterel.
  17. 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.
  18. 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; as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.
  19. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
  20. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern.
  21. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
  22. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine.
  23. To turn completely or repeatedly; to become coiled about anything; to assume a convolved or spiral form; as, vines wind round a pole.
  24. To have a circular course or direction; to crook; to bend; to meander; as, to wind in and out among trees.
  25. To go to the one side or the other; to move this way and that; to double on one's course; as, a hare pursued turns and winds.
  26. The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist; a winding.
  27. Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a current of air.
  28. Air artificially put in motion by any force or action; as, the wind of a cannon ball; the wind of a bellows.
  29. Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or by an instrument.
  30. Power of respiration; breath.
  31. Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence; as, to be troubled with wind.
  32. Air impregnated with an odor or scent.
  33. 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.
  34. A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
  35. Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
  36. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
  37. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as, the hounds winded the game.
  38. To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath.
  39. To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe.
  40. To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes.
  41. Air in motion; a natural current of air; breeze; breath; anything insignificant or light as air; idle words; air filled with a scent; as, the hound got wind of the fox; hence, news; as, to get wind of a plot; gas formed in the digestive organs of the body.
  42. To allow the air to blow upon; to scent, as hounds in a fox hunt; to put out of breath.
  43. To turn round something; twist; to bend in a course; to go a roundabout way.
  44. To coil, twist, or twine; to set in motion by turning a crank or screw; to entwine; to turn, as about something fixed; to direct or introduce by artful means; as, he winds himself into favor; to blow ( a horn).
  45. A bend, coil, or twist.
  46. Wound.
  47. Winding.
  48. Idle talk.
  49. Air in motion: breath: flatulence: anything insignificant.
  50. ( wind) To sound by blowing: ( wind) to expose to the wind: to drive hard, so as to put out of breath: to allow to recover wind:- pr. p. winding and winding; pa. p. wound and winded.
  51. To turn round, to twist: to coil: to encircle: to change.
  52. To turn completely or often: to turn round something: to twist: to move spirally: to meander:- pr. p. winding; pa. t. and pa. p. wound.
  53. Air in motion; breath; anything insignificant.
  54. To sound by blowing.
  55. To turn around; coil; encircle.
  56. To turn round; move spirally; meander.
  57. A current of air.
  58. To pass around; twine; twist; turn; wreathe; encircle.
  59. To blow, as a horn; sound by blowing.
  60. To detect or follow by scent.
  61. To exhaust the breath of, as by running; put out of breath.
  62. Lung power; breath.
  63. A winding; a bend, turn, or twist.
  64. Air naturally in motion, with any degree of velocity; a current of air; breath; power of respiration; air in motion from any force or action; breath modulated by the organs or by an instrument; air impregnated with scent; anything insignificant or light as wind; flatulence. The four winds, the four cardinal points of the heavens. Down the wind, decaying; declining. To take or have the wind, to gain or have the advantage. To take or get wind, to be divulged; to become public. In the wind's eye, towards the direct point from which the wind blows. Between wind and water, that part of a ship's side or bottom which is frequently brought above water by the rolling of the ship or fluctuation of the water's surface. How the wind blows, the state of things, or the direction they are taking.
  65. To blow; to sound by blowing; to nose; to follow by the scent; to expose to the wind; to drive hard, so as to render scant of wind, as a horse; also to rest a horse, in order to recover wind; to winnow. To wind a ship, is to turn it end for end, so that the wind strikes it on the opposite side.
  66. To turn; to move or cause to turn; to turn round some fixed object; to bind, or to form into a ball or coil by turning; to introduce by insinuation; to change; to vary; to entwist; to infold; to encircle. To wind off, to unwind. To wind out, to extricate. To wind up, to bring to a small compass, as a ball of thread; to bring to a conclusion or settlement; to put in a state of renovated or continued motion.
  67. To turn; to change; to turn around something; to have a circular direction; to crook; to bend; to move round. To wind out, to be extricated; to escape.
  68. In poetry.
  69. Air in perceptible motion; a current of air having a greater or less degree of velocity; one of the cardinal points, as from the four winds; flatulence.
  70. To deprive of wind by over- driving, as a horse; to rest a horse in order that he may recover his breath; to sound by blowing, as a horn, so that the sound may be prolonged and varied.
  71. To turn round some fixed object; to turn or move around something; to have a circular and upward direction; to form into a coil or ball by twisting; to introduce, as one's self by insinuation; to encircle; to twine; to crook; to bend; to have a surface which undulates.
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Quotes of wind

  1. I mean the idea of this is that it's a good thing for the public to hear interviews like this and that there will be an inevitable amount of fewer interviews if people that the press talks to wind up thinking, well, it's not really a CBS correspondent. – Floyd Abrams
  2. There isn't a single windmill owner in Holland who doesn't have a second job, for when there is no wind – Johnny Ball
  3. Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the church is often labeled today as fundamentalism. Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along by every wind of teaching, look like the only attitude acceptable to today's standards. – Pope Benedict XVI
  4. Falling little wind it was five before I could form my line, or distinguish any of the enemy's motions; and could not judge at all of their force, more than by numbers, which were seventeen, and thirteen appeared large. – John Byng
  5. I've been playing with Blackwell over 20 years. We used to play when I first went to Los Angeles. Blackwell plays the drums as if he's playing a wind instrument. Actually, he sounds more like a talking drum. – Ornette Coleman
  6. I have asked the village blacksmith to forge golden chains to tie our ankles together. I have gathered all the gay ribbons in the world to wind around and around and around and around and around and around again around our two waists. – Harry Crosby
  7. I suddenly realized that the fellow who didn't show up was getting about fifty -times more money than I was getting. So I thought, 'this is silly,' and became an actor. I certainly never thought I'd wind up in motion pictures. That was far beyond anything I'd ever dreamed of. – Glenn Ford
  8. Sleep is when all the unsorted stuff comes flying out as from a dustbin upset in a high wind – William Golding
  9. By encouraging renewable energy sources such as wind energy, we boost South Dakota's economy and we help reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. – Tim Johnson
  10. In comedy, you have to be unafraid to hang from the tree branch naked in the high wind and you have to be absolutely unafraid to look ridiculous and silly. – Matt LeBlanc
  11. The older you get the stronger the wind gets and it's always in your face. – Jack Nicklaus
  12. When you get something like MTV, it's like regular television. You get it, and at first it's novel and brand new and then you watch every channel, every show. And then you become a little more selective and more selective, until ultimately... you wind up with a radio. – David Lee Roth
  13. Our plans miscarry because they have no aim. When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind – Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  14. The newer homes did not sustain as much damage because they were built to better safety codes; they were better designed, higher wind loads for the roof. All of those facets made those homes sustain the storm a whole lot better. – Ginny B. Waite
  15. With all the knowledge and skill acquired in thousands of flights in the last ten years, I would hardly think today of making my first flight on a strange machine in a twenty -seven mile wind even if I knew that the machine had already been flown and was safe. – Orville Wright

Usage examples for wind

  1. " But tell me, Connie," I said, " why you are afraid you enjoy hearing the wind about the house." – The Seaboard Parish Volume 1 by George MacDonald
  2. It was after dinner when she next met him and the wind had changed. – Masters of the Wheat-Lands by Harold Bindloss
  3. To- morrow will be Saturday, and I shall be glad when Sunday comes to wind me up again. – Notes of a Son and Brother by Henry James
  4. But the wind came from them to us, and this was to our advantage. – In the Rocky Mountains by W. H. G. Kingston
  5. " Not after that wind we had last night. – Hopalong Cassidy's Rustler Round-Up Bar-20 by Clarence Edward Mulford
  6. It was only the wind – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue and Their Shetland Pony by Laura Lee Hope
  7. The wind held me back. – The Eternal Maiden by T. Everett Harré
  8. I had to mind what I was about, ' said the wind – Stories from Hans Andersen by Hans Christian Andersen
  9. There is never any wind – Minstrel Weather by Marian Storm
  10. The wind had ceased. – John March, Southerner by George W. Cable
  11. There was something in the wind and Melinda came to learn what it was. – Ethelyn's Mistake by Mary Jane Holmes
  12. Fair wind fair wind – The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad
  13. But what is in the wind – The Last Of The Barons, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  14. Then what a wind – Uncle Robert's Geography (Uncle Robert's Visit, V.3) by Francis W. Parker and Nellie Lathrop Helm
  15. He will only swear by the wind and weather. – Love Me Little, Love Me Long by Charles Reade Edition: 10 Language: English
  16. Very well, sir, but I'll say this she can't sir, till there's some wind and that's why it is. – The Black Bar by George Manville Fenn
  17. Does the wind from outside hurt? – A Diary Without Dates by Enid Bagnold
  18. See; the stranger is close upon a wind – The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
  19. Oh, such a wind – The Prairie Wife by Arthur Stringer