Wind - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɪnd|  American pronunciation of the word wind
Brit.  |wɪnd|  British pronunciation of the word wind
irregular verb:  p.t. — winded  p.p. — winded


- air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
trees bent under the fierce winds
when there is no wind, row
- a tendency or force that influences events
the winds of change
- breath
the collision knocked the wind out of him
- empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk (syn: jazz, malarkey, nothingness)
that's a lot of wind
- an indication of potential opportunity (syn: hint, lead, steer, tip)
- a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by bellows or the human breath
- a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus (syn: fart, farting, flatus)
- the act of winding or twisting (syn: twist, winding)
he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind


- to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course (syn: meander, thread, wander, weave)
the river winds through the hills
- extend in curves and turns (syn: curve, twist)
The road winds around the lake
- arrange or or coil around (syn: roll, twine, wrap)
- catch the scent of; get wind of (syn: nose, scent)
- coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem (syn: wind up)
wind your watch
- form into a wreath (syn: wreathe)
- raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help (syn: hoist, lift)

Extra examples

You're just wasting wind.

His talk was all wind.

We got wind of the plan.

I got wind that you were coming.

The birds could not have seen us or winded us.

I am winded by running.

I had a terrible night, I did turn and wind so.

The wind blew from the northeast.

A sudden gust of wind (=a short strong wind) blew the door shut.

The forecast is for strong winds and heavy rain.

The light wind ruffled the water.

The wind was getting up and it was becoming cloudy.

We'll wait till the wind drops (=blows less strongly) before we put the tent up.

I can't drink beer - it gives me wind.

'What's wrong with the baby?' 'Just a little wind.'

Phrasal verbs

wind off  — reverse the winding or twisting of
wind up  — finally be or do something

Word forms

I/you/we/they: wind
he/she/it: winds
present participle: winding
past tense: winded
past participle: winded
singular: wind
plural: winds
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