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verb (used without object)
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Idioms for wind
- (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
synonym study for wind
Words nearby 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 [wahyn-did, win-did] /ˈwaɪn dɪd, ˈwɪn dɪd/ or wound [wound]; /waʊnd/; wind·ing [wahyn-ding, win-ding]. /ˈwaɪn dɪŋ, ˈwɪn dɪŋ/.
Origin of wind3
Definition for wind (4 of 4)
Example sentences from the Web for wind
High winds broke branches above the water and stripped off their leaves.Soggy coastal soils? Here’s why ecologists love them|Alison Pearce Stevens|September 17, 2020|Science News For Students
If those wind patterns themselves stall, slow down dramatically, or change directions rather abruptly, the hurricane will be sort of directionless and it can sit there stalling.Slow, meandering hurricanes are often more dangerous—and they’re getting more common|Greta Moran|September 9, 2020|Popular Science
That event may take the wind out of the traditional Cyberweek sales if people spend their money early.A Corona Xmas: Why physical stores will power online shopping this holiday season|Greg Sterling|September 4, 2020|Search Engine Land
When winds from the north dominated, and there was more sea ice, there was less oxygen-18 in the cellulose.Bering Sea winter ice shrank to its lowest level in 5,500 years in 2018|Carolyn Gramling|September 3, 2020|Science News
Researchers say still don’t know what whipped up this newly discovered wind event.
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 as it takes away the safety net, their corpses wind up in fishing nets.
But then they saw which way the post-Citizens United wind was blowing and became anti-disclosure.
There are three things a wise man will not trust: the wind, the sunshine of an April day, and woman's plighted faith.Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
But there was a breeze blowing, a choppy, stiff wind that whipped the water into froth.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
The man that giveth heed to lying visions, is like to him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
It was a cloudy, stormy evening: high wind was blowing, and the branches of the trees groaned and creaked above our heads.
The ne'er-do-well blew, like seed before the wind, to distant places, but mankind at large stayed at home.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
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 forms of windwindless, adjectivewindlessly, adverbwindlessness, noun
Word Origin for wind
British Dictionary definitions for wind (2 of 3)
verb winds, winding or wound
Derived forms of windwindable, adjective
Word Origin for wind
British Dictionary definitions for wind (3 of 3)
verb winds, winding, winded or wound
Word Origin for wind
Scientific 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