wind1 [wīnd]
wound or Rare winded, winding [ME winden < OE windan, akin to ON vinda, Ger winden < IE base * wendh-, to turn, wind, twist > Arm gind, a ring]
a) to turn, or make revolve [to wind a crank]
b) to move by or as if by cranking
a) to turn or coil (string, ribbon, etc.) around itself to form a ball or around something else so as to encircle it closely; twine; wreathe [winding the bandage on his finger]
b) to wrap or cover by encircling with something turned in the manner of a coil; entwine [to wind a spool with thread]
a) to make (one's way) in a winding or twisting course
b) to cause to move in a winding or twisting course
4. to introduce deviously; insinuate [winding his prejudices through all his writings]
5. to hoist or haul by or as by winding rope on a winch: often with up
6. to tighten the operating spring of (a clock, mechanical toy, etc.) by turning a stem or the like: often with up
1. to move, go, or extend in a curving, zigzagging, or sinuous manner; meander
2. to double on one's track, so as to throw off pursuers
3. to take a circuitous, devious, or subtle course in behavior, argument, etc.
4. to insinuate oneself
5. to coil, twine, or spiral (about or around something)
6. to warp or twist: said of wood
7. to undergo winding [a watch that winds easily]
1. the act of winding
2. a single turn of something wound
3. a turn; twist; bend
wind down
1. to bring or come to an end; conclude
2. to become relaxed, less tense, etc.; unwind
wind off
to unwind or remove by unwinding
wind up
1. to wind into a ball, etc.
2. to entangle or involve
3. to bring or come to an end; conclude
4. to make very tense, excited, etc.
5. Baseball to use a WINDUP (n. 2) before pitching the ball
wind2 [wind]
[ME < OE, akin to ON vindr, Ger wind < IE * wentos (> L ventus) < base * we-, * awe-, to blow > WEATHER]
1. air in motion; specif.,
a) any noticeable natural movement of air parallel to the earth's surface: see the Beaufort scale in the Reference Supplement
b) air artificially put in motion, as by an air pump or fan
2. a strong, fast-moving, or destructive natural current of air; gale or storm
3. the direction from which a wind blows: now chiefly in the four winds, with reference to the cardinal points of the compass
4. a natural current of air regarded as a bearer of odors or scents, as in hunting [to lose (the) wind of the fox]
5. figuratively, air regarded as bearing information, indicating trends, etc. [a rumor that's in the wind]
6. breath or the power of breathing [to get the wind knocked out of one]
a) idle or empty talk; nonsense
b) bragging; pomposity; conceit
8. gas in the stomach or intestines; flatulence
a) [pl.] the wind instruments of an orchestra, or the players of these instruments
b) any of such instruments
1. to expose to the wind or air, as for drying; air
2. to get or follow the scent of; scent
3. to cause to be out of breath [to be winded by a long run]
4. to rest (a horse, etc.) so as to allow recovery of breath
1. designating a musical instrument sounded by blowing air through it, esp. a portable one sounded with the breath, as a flute, oboe, tuba, or trumpet
2. composed of or for wind or woodwind instruments
before the wind
with the wind coming from astern
between wind and water
1. close to the waterline of a ship
2. in a dangerous spot
break wind
to expel gas from the bowels
get one's wind up or have one's wind up
to become (or be) nervous or alarmed
get wind of or have wind of
to get (or have) information or a hint concerning; hear (or know) of
how the wind blows or how the wind lies
what the trend of affairs, public opinion, etc. is
in the teeth of the wind
straight against the wind: also in the wind's eye
in the wind
happening or about to happen
into the wind
in the direction from which the wind is blowing
off the wind
with the wind coming from behind
on the wind
approximately in the direction from which the wind is blowing
take the wind out of someone's sails
to deflate suddenly someone's enthusiasm, pride, etc., as by removing his or her advantage or nullifying his or her argument
SYN.- WIND2 is the general term for any natural movement of air, whether of high or low velocity or great or little force; BREEZE1 is popularly applied to a light, fresh wind and, meteorologically, to a wind having a velocity of from 4 to 31 miles an hour; GALE1 is popularly applied to a strong, somewhat violent wind and, meteorologically, to a wind having a velocity of from 32 to 63 miles an hour; GUST1 and BLAST apply to sudden, brief winds, GUST1 suggesting a light puff, and BLAST a driving rush, of air; ZEPHYR is a poetic term for a soft, gentle breeze
wind3 [wīnd, wind]
vt., vi.
wound or Rare winded, winding [Early ModE < WIND2] Old Poet.
1. to blow (a horn, etc.)
2. to sound (a signal, etc.), as on a horn

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