[ noun wind, Literary wahynd; verb wind ]
/ noun wɪnd, Literary waɪnd; verb wɪnd /
air in natural motion, as that moving horizontally at any velocity along the earth's surface: A gentle wind blew through the valley. High winds were forecast.
a gale; storm; hurricane.
any stream of air, as that produced by a bellows or fan.
air that is blown or forced to produce a musical sound in singing or playing an instrument.
wind instruments collectively.
the winds, the members of an orchestra or band who play the wind instruments.
breath or breathing: to catch one's wind.
the power of breathing freely, as during continued exertion.
any influential force or trend: strong winds of public opinion.
a hint or intimation: to catch wind of a stock split.
air carrying an animal's odor or scent.
empty talk; mere words.
gas generated in the stomach and intestines.
Boxing Slang. the pit of the stomach where a blow may cause a temporary shortness of breath; solar plexus.
any direction of the compass.
a state of unconcern, recklessness, or abandon: to throw all caution to the winds.
verb (used with object)
to expose to wind or air.
to follow by the scent.
to make short of wind or breath, as by vigorous exercise.
to let recover breath, as by resting after exertion.
verb (used without object)
to catch the scent or odor of game.
- (of a ship) at or near the water line.
- in a vulnerable or precarious spot: In her profession one is always between wind and water.
between wind and water,
break wind, to expel gas from the stomach and bowels through the anus.
- away from the wind; with the wind at one's back.
- (of a sailing vessel) headed into the wind with sails shaking or aback.
- Also sail close on a wind. to sail as nearly as possible in the direction from which the wind is blowing.
- to practice economy in the management of one's affairs.
- to verge on a breach of propriety or decency.
- to escape (punishment, detection, etc.) by a narrow margin; take a risk.
how the wind blows/lies, what the tendency or probability is: Try to find out how the wind blows.Also which way the wind blows.
in the teeth of the wind, sailing directly into the wind; against the wind.Also in the eye of the wind, in the wind's eye.
in the wind, about to occur; imminent; impending: There's good news in the wind.
off the wind,
on the wind, as close as possible to the wind.Also on a wind.
sail close to the wind,
take the wind out of one's sails, to surprise someone, especially with unpleasant news; stun; shock; flabbergast: She took the wind out of his sails when she announced she was marrying someone else.
Origin of wind1
before 900; Middle English (noun), Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Wind, Old Norse vindr, Gothic winds, Latin ventus
SYNONYMS FOR wind
1 Wind, air, zephyr, breeze, blast, gust refer to a quantity of air set in motion naturally. Wind applies to any such air in motion, blowing with whatever degree of gentleness or violence. Air, usually poetical, applies to a very gentle motion of the air. Zephyr, also poetical, refers to an air characterized by its soft, mild quality. A breeze is usually a cool, light wind. Blast and gust apply to quick, forceful winds of short duration; blast implies a violent rush of air, often a cold one, whereas a gust is little more than a flurry.
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British Dictionary definitions for which way the wind blows (1 of 3)
/ (wɪnd) /
a current of air, sometimes of considerable force, moving generally horizontally from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressureSee also Beaufort scale Related adjective: aeolian
mainly poetic the direction from which a wind blows, usually a cardinal point of the compass
air artificially moved, as by a fan, pump, etc
any sweeping and destructive force
a trend, tendency, or forcethe winds of revolution
informal a hint; suggestionwe got wind that you were coming
something deemed insubstantialhis talk was all wind
breath, as used in respiration or talkyou're just wasting wind
(often used in sports) the power to breathe normallyhis wind is weak See also second wind
- a wind instrument or wind instruments considered collectively
- (often plural) the musicians who play wind instruments in an orchestra
- (modifier) of, relating to, or composed of wind instrumentsa wind ensemble
an informal name for flatus
the air on which the scent of an animal is carried to hounds or on which the scent of a hunter is carried to his quarry
between wind and water
- the part of a vessel's hull below the water line that is exposed by rolling or by wave action
- any point particularly susceptible to attack or injury
break wind to release intestinal gas through the anus
get the wind up or have the wind up informal to become frightened
have in the wind to be in the act of following (quarry) by scent
how the wind blows, how the wind lies, which way the wind blows or which way the wind lies what appears probable
in the wind about to happen
three sheets in the wind informal intoxicated; drunk
in the teeth of the wind or in the eye of the wind directly into the wind
into the wind against the wind or upwind
off the wind nautical away from the direction from which the wind is blowing
on the wind nautical as near as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing
put the wind up informal to frighten or alarm
raise the wind British informal to obtain the necessary funds
sail close to the wind or sail near to the wind
- to come near the limits of danger or indecency
- to live frugally or manage one's affairs economically
take the wind out of someone's sails to destroy someone's advantage; disconcert or deflate
to cause (someone) to be short of breaththe blow winded him
- to detect the scent of
- to pursue (quarry) by following its scent
to cause (a baby) to bring up wind after feeding by patting or rubbing on the back
to expose to air, as in drying, ventilating, etc
Derived Formswindless, adjectivewindlessly, adverbwindlessness, noun
Word Origin for wind
Old English wind; related to Old High German wint, Old Norse vindr, Gothic winds, Latin ventus
British Dictionary definitions for which way the wind blows (2 of 3)
/ (waɪnd) /
verb winds, winding or wound
(often foll by around, about, or upon) to turn or coil (string, cotton, etc) around some object or point or (of string, etc) to be turned etc, around some object or pointhe wound a scarf around his head
(tr) to twine, cover, or wreathe by or as if by coiling, wrapping, etc; encirclewe wound the body in a shroud
(tr often foll by up) to tighten the spring of (a clockwork mechanism)
(tr foll by off) to remove by uncoiling or unwinding
(usually intr) to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular coursethe river winds through the hills
(tr) to introduce indirectly or deviouslyhe is winding his own opinions into the report
(tr) to cause to twist or revolvehe wound the handle
(tr; usually foll by up or down) to move by crankingplease wind up the window
(tr) to haul, lift, or hoist (a weight, etc) by means of a wind or windlass
(intr) (of a board, etc) to be warped or twisted
(intr) archaic to proceed deviously or indirectly
the act of winding or state of being wound
a single turn, bend, etca wind in the river
Also called: winding a twist in a board or plank
Derived Formswindable, adjective
Word Origin for wind
Old English windan; related to Old Norse vinda, Old High German wintan (German winden)
British Dictionary definitions for which way the wind blows (3 of 3)
/ (waɪnd) /
verb winds, winding, winded or wound
(tr) poetic to blow (a note or signal) on (a horn, bugle, etc)
Word Origin for wind
C16: special use of wind 1
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Science definitions for which way the wind blows
[ wĭnd ]
A current of air, especially a natural one that moves along or parallel to the ground, moving from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure. Surface wind is measured by anemometers or its effect on objects, such as trees. The large-scale pattern of winds on Earth is governed primarily by differences in the net solar radiation received at the Earth's surface, but it is also influenced by the Earth's rotation, by the distribution of continents and oceans, by ocean currents, and by topography. On a local scale, the differences in rate of heating and cooling of land versus bodies of water greatly affect wind formation. Prevailing global winds are classified into three major belts in the Northern Hemisphere and three corresponding belts in the Southern Hemisphere. The trade winds blow generally east to west toward a low-pressure zone at the equator throughout the region from 30° north to 30° south of the equator. The westerlies blow from west to east in the temperate mid-latitude regions (from 30° to 60° north and south of the equator), and the polar easterlies blow from east to west out of high-pressure areas in the polar regions. See also Beaufort scale chinook foehn monsoon Santa Ana.
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Idioms and Phrases with which way the wind blows (1 of 2)
which way the wind blows
see way the wind blows.
Idioms and Phrases with which way the wind blows (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with wind
- wind down
- wind up
- before the wind
- break wind
- get wind of
- gone with the wind
- ill wind
- in the wind
- like greased lightning (the wind)
- sail close to the wind
- second wind
- something in the wind
- straw in the wind
- take the wind out of one's sails
- three sheets to the wind
- throw caution to the winds
- twist in the wind
- way the wind blows
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