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1. To turn completely or repeatedly; to become coiled about anything; to assume a convolved or spiral form; as, vines wind round a pole.
2. To have a circular course or direction; to crook; to bend; to meander; as, to wind in and out among trees.
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.
4. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
5. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose.
3. To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath. To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe. To wind a ship, to turn it end for end, so that the wind strikes it on the opposite side.



1. Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a current of air.
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.
4. Power of respiration; breath.
5. Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence; as, to be troubled with wind.
6. Air impregnated with an odour or scent.
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. 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. (Science: veterinary) 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.
10. (Science: zoology) The dotterel.

Wind is often used adjectively, or as the first part of compound words. All in the wind.

Origin: AS. Wind; akin to OS, OFries, D, & G. Wind, OHG. Wint, Dan. & Sw. Vind, Icel. Vindr, Goth winds, W. Gwynt, L. Ventus, Skr. Vata (cf. Gr. ‘ahths a blast, gale, ‘ah^nai to breathe hard, to blow, as the wind); originally a p. Pr. From the verb seen in Skr. Va to blow, akin to AS. Wawan, D. Waaijen, G. Wehen, OHG. Waen, wajen, Goth. Waian. Cf. Air, Ventail, Ventilate, Window, Winnow.

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