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English Dictionary: wind by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
wind
n
  1. 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"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
    Synonym(s): wind, air current, current of air
  2. a tendency or force that influences events; "the winds of change"
  3. breath; "the collision knocked the wind out of him"
  4. empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; "that's a lot of wind"; "don't give me any of that jazz"
    Synonym(s): wind, malarkey, malarky, idle words, jazz, nothingness
  5. an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the stock market"; "a good lead for a job"
    Synonym(s): tip, lead, steer, confidential information, wind, hint
  6. a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
    Synonym(s): wind instrument, wind
  7. a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
    Synonym(s): fart, farting, flatus, wind, breaking wind
  8. the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
    Synonym(s): wind, winding, twist
v
  1. to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course; "the river winds through the hills"; "the path meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body"
    Synonym(s): weave, wind, thread, meander, wander
  2. extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"; "the path twisted through the forest"
    Synonym(s): wind, twist, curve
  3. arrange or or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger"; "Twine the thread around the spool"; "She wrapped her arms around the child"
    Synonym(s): wind, wrap, roll, twine
    Antonym(s): unroll, unwind, wind off
  4. catch the scent of; get wind of; "The dog nosed out the drugs"
    Synonym(s): scent, nose, wind
  5. coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem; "wind your watch"
    Synonym(s): wind, wind up
  6. form into a wreath
    Synonym(s): wreathe, wind
  7. raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car"
    Synonym(s): hoist, lift, wind
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wound} (wound) (rarely
      {Winded}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Winding}.] [OE. winden, AS.
      windan; akin to OS. windan, D. & G. winden, OHG. wintan,
      Icel. & Sw. vinda, Dan. vinde, Goth. windan (in comp.). Cf.
      {Wander}, {Wend}.]
      1. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to
            turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions
            about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe;
            as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.
  
                     Whether to wind The woodbine round this arbor.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
  
                     Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms.   --Shak.
  
      3. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's
            pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to
            govern. [bd]To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus.[b8] --Shak.
  
                     In his terms so he would him wind.      --Chaucer.
  
                     Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please And wind
                     all other witnesses.                           --Herrick.
  
                     Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might
                     wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure.
                                                                              --Addison.
  
      4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
  
                     You have contrived . . . to wind Yourself into a
                     power tyrannical.                              --Shak.
  
                     Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in
                     such things into discourse.               --Gov. of
                                                                              Tongue.
  
      5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to
            wind a rope with twine.
  
      {To wind off}, to unwind; to uncoil.
  
      {To wind out}, to extricate. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
  
      {To wind up}.
            (a) To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of
                  thread; to coil completely.
            (b) To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up
                  one's affairs; to wind up an argument.
            (c) To put in a state of renewed or continued motion, as a
                  clock, a watch, etc., by winding the spring, or that
                  which carries the weight; hence, to prepare for
                  continued movement or action; to put in order anew.
                  [bd]Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore
                  years.[b8] --Dryden. [bd]Thus they wound up his temper
                  to a pitch.[b8] --Atterbury.
            (d) To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so
                  as to tune it. [bd]Wind up the slackened strings of
                  thy lute.[b8] --Waller.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wind \Wind\, v. i.
      1. To turn completely or repeatedly; to become coiled about
            anything; to assume a convolved or spiral form; as, vines
            wind round a pole.
  
                     So swift your judgments turn and wind. --Dryden.
  
      2. To have a circular course or direction; to crook; to bend;
            to meander; as, to wind in and out among trees.
  
                     And where the valley winded out below, The murmuring
                     main was heard, and scarcely heard, to flow.
                                                                              --Thomson.
  
                     He therefore turned him to the steep and rocky path
                     which . . . winded through the thickets of wild
                     boxwood and other low aromatic shrubs. --Sir W.
                                                                              Scott.
  
      3. To go to the one side or the other; to move this way and
            that; to double on one's course; as, a hare pursued turns
            and winds.
  
                     The lowing herd wind [?]lowly o'er the lea. --Gray.
  
                     To wind out, to extricate one's self; to escape.
                     Long struggling underneath are they could wind Out
                     of such prison.                                 --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wind \Wind\, n.
      The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist; a
      winding.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wind \Wind\ (w[icr]nd, in poetry and singing often w[imac]nd;
      277), n. [AS. wind; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. wind, OHG.
      wint, Dan. & Sw. vind, Icel. vindr, Goth winds, W. gwynt, L.
      ventus, Skr. v[be]ta (cf. Gr. 'ah`ths a blast, gale, 'ah^nai
      to breathe hard, to blow, as the wind); originally a p. pr.
      from the verb seen in Skr. v[be] to blow, akin to AS.
      w[be]wan, D. waaijen, G. wehen, OHG. w[be]en, w[be]jen, Goth.
      waian. [root]131. Cf. {Air}, {Ventail}, {Ventilate},
      {Window}, {Winnow}.]
      1. Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a
            current of air.
  
                     Except wind stands as never it stood, It is an ill
                     wind that turns none to good.            --Tusser.
  
                     Winds were soft, and woods were green. --Longfellow.
  
      2. Air artificially put in motion by any force or action; as,
            the wind of a cannon ball; the wind of a bellows.
  
      3. Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or
            by an instrument.
  
                     Their instruments were various in their kind, Some
                     for the bow, and some for breathing wind. --Dryden.
  
      4. Power of respiration; breath.
  
                     If my wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I
                     would repent.                                    --Shak.
  
      5. Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence;
            as, to be troubled with wind.
  
      6. Air impregnated with an odor or scent.
  
                     A pack of dogfish had him in the wind. --Swift.
  
      7. A direction from which the wind may blow; a point of the
            compass; especially, one of the cardinal points, which are
            often called the four winds.
  
                     Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon
                     these slain.                                       --Ezek.
                                                                              xxxvii. 9.
  
      Note: This sense seems to have had its origin in the East.
               The Hebrews gave to each of the four cardinal points
               the name of wind.
  
      8. (Far.) A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are
            distended with air, or rather affected with a violent
            inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
  
      9. Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
  
                     Nor think thou with wind Of airy threats to awe.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      10. (Zo[94]l.) The dotterel. [Prov. Eng.]
  
      Note: Wind is often used adjectively, or as the first part of
               compound words.
  
      {All in the wind}. (Naut.) See under {All}, n.
  
      {Before the wind}. (Naut.) See under {Before}.
  
      {Between wind and water} (Naut.), in that part of a ship's
            side or bottom which is frequently brought above water by
            the rolling of the ship, or fluctuation of the water's
            surface. Hence, colloquially, (as an injury to that part
            of a vessel, in an engagement, is particularly dangerous)
            the vulnerable part or point of anything.
  
      {Cardinal winds}. See under {Cardinal}, a.
  
      {Down the wind}.
            (a) In the direction of, and moving with, the wind; as,
                  birds fly swiftly down the wind.
            (b) Decaying; declining; in a state of decay. [Obs.]
                  [bd]He went down the wind still.[b8] --L'Estrange.
  
      {In the wind's eye} (Naut.), directly toward the point from
            which the wind blows.
  
      {Three sheets in the wind}, unsteady from drink. [Sailors'
            Slang]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wind \Wind\, v. t. [From {Wind}, moving air, but confused in
      sense and in conjugation with wind to turn.] [imp. & p. p.
      {Wound} (wound), R. {Winded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winding}.]
      To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged
      and mutually involved notes. [bd]Hunters who wound their
      horns.[b8] --Pennant.
  
               Ye vigorous swains, while youth ferments your blood, .
               . . Wind the shrill horn.                        --Pope.
  
               That blast was winded by the king.         --Sir W.
                                                                              Scott.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Winded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Winding}.]
      1. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
  
      2. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as,
            the hounds winded the game.
  
      3.
            (a) To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a
                  horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of
                  breath.
            (b) To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to
                  be recovered; to breathe.
  
      {To wind a ship} (Naut.), to turn it end for end, so that the
            wind strikes it on the opposite side.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wind \Wind\, n. (Boxing)
      The region of the pit of the stomach, where a blow may
      paralyze the diaphragm and cause temporary loss of breath or
      other injury; the mark. [Slang or Cant]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
  
  
      {Out of harm's way}, beyond the danger limit; in a safe
            place.
  
      {Out of joint}, not in proper connection or adjustment;
            unhinged; disordered. [bd]The time is out of joint.[b8]
            --Shak.
  
      {Out of mind}, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
            of memory; as, time out of mind.
  
      {Out of one's head}, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
            in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]
  
      {Out of one's time}, beyond one's period of minority or
            apprenticeship.
  
      {Out of order}, not in proper order; disarranged; in
            confusion.
  
      {Out of place}, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
            proper or becoming.
  
      {Out of pocket}, in a condition of having expended or lost
            more money than one has received.
  
      {Out of print}, not in market, the edition printed being
            exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.
  
      {Out of the question}, beyond the limits or range of
            consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.
  
      {Out of reach}, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.
  
      {Out of season}, not in a proper season or time; untimely;
            inopportune.
  
      {Out of sorts}, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
            unhappy; cross. See under {Sort}, n.
  
      {Out of temper}, not in good temper; irritated; angry.
  
      {Out of time}, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.
  
      {Out of time}, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
            agreeing temper; fretful.
  
      {Out of twist}, {winding}, [or] {wind}, not in warped
            condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of
            surfaces.
  
      {Out of use}, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.
  
      {Out of the way}.
            (a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
            (b) Improper; unusual; wrong.
  
      {Out of the woods}, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
            doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]
  
      {Out to out}, from one extreme limit to another, including
            the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to
            measurements.
  
      {Out West}, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
            Western State or Territory. [U. S.]
  
      {To come out}, {To cut out}, {To fall out}, etc. See under
            {Come}, {Cut}, {Fall}, etc.
  
      {To put out of the way}, to kill; to destroy.
  
      {Week in, week out}. See {Day in, day out} (above).
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