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    1. Moving air, especially a natural and perceptible movement of air parallel to or along the ground.
    2. A movement of air generated artificially, as by bellows or a fan.
    1. The direction from which a movement of air comes: The wind is north-northwest.
    2. A movement of air coming from one of the four cardinal points of the compass: the four winds.
  1. Moving air carrying sound, an odor, or a scent.
    1. Breath, especially normal or adequate breathing; respiration: had the wind knocked out of them.
    2. Gas produced in the stomach or intestines during digestion; flatulence.
  2. Music
    1. The brass and woodwinds sections of a band or orchestra. Often used in the plural.
    2. Wind instruments or their players considered as a group. Often used in the plural.
    3. Woodwinds. Often used in the plural.
    1. Something that disrupts or destroys: the winds of war.
    2. A tendency; a trend: the winds of change.
  3. Information, especially of something concealed; intimation: Trouble will ensue if wind of this scandal gets out.
    1. Speech or writing empty of meaning; verbiage: His remarks on the subject are nothing but wind.
    2. Vain self-importance; pomposity: an expert who was full of wind even before becoming famous.
wind·ed, wind·ing, winds
  1. To expose to free movement of air; ventilate or dry.
    1. To detect the smell of; catch a scent of.
    2. To pursue by following a scent.
  2. To cause to be out of or short of breath.
  3. To afford a recovery of breath: stopped to wind and water the horses.

before the wind Nautical
In the same direction as the wind.
close to the wind Nautical
As close as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing.
in the wind
Likely to occur; in the offing: Big changes are in the wind.
near the wind
  1. Nautical Close to the wind.
  2. Close to danger.
off the wind Nautical
In a direction away from the wind.
on/into/down the wind Nautical
In the same or nearly the same direction as the wind.
take the wind out of (one's) sails
To rob of an advantage; deflate.
under the wind
  1. Nautical To the leeward.
  2. In a location protected from the wind.
up the wind Nautical
In a direction opposite or nearly opposite the wind.

Middle English, from Old English; see w- in Indo-European roots

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