verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- (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.
- 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.
Origin of wind1
SYNONYMS FOR wind
Definition for wind (2 of 4)
verb (used without object), wound or (Rare) wind·ed [wahyn-did] /ˌwaɪn dɪd/; wind·ing.
verb (used with object), wound or (Rare) wind·ed [wahyn-did] /ˌwaɪn dɪd/; wind·ing.
- to lessen in intensity so as to bring or come to a gradual end: The war is winding down.
- to calm down; relax: He's too excited tonight to wind down and sleep.
- to bring to a state of great tension; excite (usually used in the past participle): He was all wound up before the game.
- to bring or come to an end; conclude: to wind up a sales campaign.
- to settle or arrange in order to conclude: to wind up one's affairs.
- to become ultimately: to wind up as a country schoolteacher.
- Baseball. (of a pitcher) to execute a windup.
Definition for wind (3 of 4)
verb (used with object), wind·ed or wound, wind·ing.
Origin of wind3
Definition for wind (4 of 4)
Examples from the Web for wind
Increasingly, as these industries develop, on-site solar and wind is a way of guaranteeing a lower price for electricity.
One and all, they come shaking their tin cups at election time then run like the wind when a critical vote comes up.
For instance: suppose the Republicans wind up with a clear Senate majority on November 4th.
But then they saw which way the post-Citizens United wind was blowing and became anti-disclosure.
As combat operations in Afghanistan wind down, so too does the main driver of NATO defense cooperation.Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin|Leo Cendrowicz|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The road was hard and dry as there was a high March wind, although not at present a cold one.The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory|Margaret Vandercook
We took the wind through the night, and in the morning we were eighty miles from Corfu, which I determined to reach by rowing.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The willows,” he says, “bow themselves to every wind, out of shame for their unfruitfulness.Rubiyt of Omar Khayym and Salmn and Absl|Omar Khayym and Ralph Waldo Emerson
The deep stillness, or the unintermitted hollow blowing of the wind (according to the weather) are equally mournful.
At length we returned to our vessel, which had triumphantly fought the wind and floating trees.Strange True Stories of Louisiana|George Washington Cable
British Dictionary definitions for wind (1 of 3)
- 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
- 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
- to come near the limits of danger or indecency
- to live frugally or manage one's affairs economically
- to detect the scent of
- to pursue (quarry) by following its scent
Derived Formswindless, adjectivewindlessly, adverbwindlessness, noun
Word Origin for wind
British Dictionary definitions for wind (2 of 3)
verb winds, winding or wound
Derived Formswindable, adjective
Word Origin for wind
British Dictionary definitions for wind (3 of 3)
verb winds, winding, winded or wound
Word Origin for wind
Science definitions for wind
Idioms and Phrases with wind
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