wind


wind
wind
wind1 [wīnd]
vt.
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]
1.
a) to turn, or make revolve [to wind a crank]
b) to move by or as if by cranking
2.
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]
3.
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
vi.
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]
n.
1. the act of winding
2. a single turn of something wound
3. a turn; twist; bend
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wind down
1. to bring or come to an end; conclude
2. to become relaxed, less tense, etc.; unwind
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wind off
to unwind or remove by unwinding
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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]
n.
[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]
7.
a) idle or empty talk; nonsense
b) bragging; pomposity; conceit
8. gas in the stomach or intestines; flatulence
9.
a) [pl.] the wind instruments of an orchestra, or the players of these instruments
b) any of such instruments
vt.
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
adj.
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
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before the wind
with the wind coming from astern
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between wind and water
1. close to the waterline of a ship
2. in a dangerous spot
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break wind
to expel gas from the bowels
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get one's wind up or have one's wind up
to become (or be) nervous or alarmed
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get wind of or have wind of
to get (or have) information or a hint concerning; hear (or know) of
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how the wind blows or how the wind lies
what the trend of affairs, public opinion, etc. is
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in the teeth of the wind
straight against the wind: also in the wind's eye
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in the wind
happening or about to happen
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into the wind
in the direction from which the wind is blowing
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off the wind
with the wind coming from behind
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on the wind
approximately in the direction from which the wind is blowing
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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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