nd) KEY NOUN:
TRANSITIVE VERB: wind·ed
- Moving air, especially a natural and perceptible movement of air parallel to or along the ground.
- A movement of air generated artificially, as by bellows or a fan.
- The direction from which a movement of air comes: The wind is north-northwest.
- A movement of air coming from one of the four cardinal points of the compass: the four winds.
- Moving air carrying sound, an odor, or a scent.
- Breath, especially normal or adequate breathing; respiration: had the wind knocked out of them.
- Gas produced in the stomach or intestines during digestion; flatulence.
- The brass and woodwinds sections of a band or orchestra. Often used in the plural.
- Wind instruments or their players considered as a group. Often used in the plural.
- Woodwinds. Often used in the plural.
- Something that disrupts or destroys: the winds of war.
- A tendency; a trend: the winds of change.
- Information, especially of something concealed; intimation: Trouble will ensue if wind of this scandal gets out.
- Speech or writing empty of meaning; verbiage: His remarks on the subject are nothing but wind.
- Vain self-importance; pomposity: an expert who was full of wind even before becoming famous.
IDIOMS: before the wind Nautical
- To expose to free movement of air; ventilate or dry.
- To detect the smell of; catch a scent of.
- To pursue by following a scent.
- To cause to be out of or short of breath.
- To afford a recovery of breath: stopped to wind and water the horses.
close to the wind Nautical
- In the same direction as the wind.
in the wind
- As close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
near the wind
- Likely to occur; in the offing: Big changes are in the wind.
off the wind Nautical
- Nautical Close to the wind.
- Close to danger.
on/into/down the wind Nautical
- In a direction away from the wind.
take the wind out of (one's) sails
- In the same or nearly the same direction as the wind.
under the wind
- To rob of an advantage; deflate.
up the wind Nautical
- Nautical To the leeward.
- In a location protected from the wind.
- In a direction opposite or nearly opposite the wind.
Middle English, from Old English; see w-
in Indo-European roots