Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of winding or twisting
  2. (noun, act) breath
  3. (noun, act) a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  4. (noun, artifact) a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
  5. (noun, communication) an indication of potential opportunity
    a good lead for a job
  6. (noun, communication) empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
    don't give me any of that jazz
  7. (noun, phenomenon) a tendency or force that influences events
  8. (noun, phenomenon) air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
    when there is no wind, row
    the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere
  9. (verb, contact) raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
  10. (verb, contact) form into a wreath
  11. (verb, contact) coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem
  12. (verb, contact) arrange or or coil around
    Twine the thread around the spool
    She wrapped her arms around the child
  13. (verb, motion) to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
    the path meanders through the vineyards
    sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body
  14. (verb, perception) catch the scent of; get wind of
  15. (verb, stative) extend in curves and turns
    the path twisted through the forest

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Antonyms of Wind


Origin of the word Wind

  1. "air in motion," O.E. wind, from P.Gmc. *wendas (cf. O.S., O.Fris., Du. wind, O.N. vindr, O.H.G. wind, Ger. Wind, Goth. winds), from PIE *we-nt-o- "blowing," from base *we- "to blow" (cf. Skt. va-, Gk. aemi-, Goth. waian, O.E. wawan, O.H.G. wajan, Ger. wehen, O.C.S. vejat… more
  2. "move by turning and twisting," O.E. windan "to turn, twist, wind" (class III strong verb; past tense wand, pp. wunden), from P.Gmc. *wendanan (cf. O.S. windan, O.N. vinda, O.Fris. winda, Du. winden, O.H.G. wintan, Ger. winden, Goth. windan "to wind"), from PIE *wendh- "to turn, wind, weave" (cf… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Wind

w.m.d., wand, want, want ad, wanted, weaned, wen-ti, wend, wind tee, winded, window, windy, winnow out, wmd, womanhood, wont, wont to, wonted, wound, wounded, wynette

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