- (of a sailing ship, sailboat, or the like) kept from sailing by a wind from the wrong direction or one of too high velocity.
Origin of windbound
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Examples from the Web for windbound
On one occasion a collier brig had been windbound for several days in the Yarmouth roads.The Shellback's Progress
Windbound means when the ship is detained in one particular station by contrary winds.
The boats which were windbound eight days arrived this morning all safe and well.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849
William Henry Gray
- (of a sailing vessel) prevented from sailing by an unfavourable wind
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