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Definition of wind noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    wind1

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    NAmE//wɪnd//
     
     
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  1. 1 [countable, uncountable] the wind air that moves quickly as a result of natural forces strong/high winds gale-force winds a light wind a north/south/east/west wind a bitter/cold/biting wind from the north The wind is blowing from the south. The trees were swaying in the wind. A gust of wind blew my hat off. The wall gives some protection from the prevailing wind. The wind is getting up (= starting to blow strongly). The wind has dropped (= stopped blowing strongly). wind speed/direction collocations at Topic CollocationsThe Weathergood weather be bathed in/bask in/be blessed with/enjoy bright/brilliant/glorious sunshine the sun shines/warms something/beats down (on something) the sunshine breaks/streams through something fluffy/wispy clouds drift across the sky a gentle/light/stiff/cool/warm breeze blows in/comes in off the sea the snow crunches beneath/under somebody's feet/bootsbad weather thick/dark/storm clouds form/gather/roll in/cover the sky/block out the sun the sky darkens/turns black a fine mist hangs in the air a dense/heavy/thick fog rolls in the rain falls/comes down (in buckets/sheets)/pours down snow falls/comes down/covers something/blankets something the wind blows/whistles/howls/picks up/whips through something/sweeps across something strong/gale-force winds blow/gust (up to 80 mph) a storm is approaching/is moving inland/hits/strikes/rages thunder rolls/rumbles/sounds (forked/sheet) lightning strikes/hits/flashes a (blinding/snow) blizzard hits/strikes/blows/rages a tornado touches down/hits/strikes/destroys something/rips through something forecast/expect/predict rain/snow/a category-four hurricane rain pours (down) get caught in/seek shelter from/escape the rain be covered/shrouded in mist/a blanket of fog be in for/brave/shelter from a/the storm hear rolling/distant thunder be battered/buffeted by strong winds battle against/brave the elementsthe weather improves the sun breaks through the clouds the sky clears/brightens (up)/lightens (up) the clouds part/clear the rain stops/lets up/holds off the wind dies down the storm passes the mist/fog lifts/clearscrosswind, downwind, headwind, tailwind, trade winds, windy
  2. 2[uncountable] breath that you need when you do exercise or blow into a musical instrument I need time to get my wind back after that run. He kicked Gomez in the stomach, knocking the wind out of him. see also second wind
  3. 3 [uncountable] (also winds [plural]) one of the group of musical instruments in an orchestra that produce sounds when you blow into them; the musicians who play those instruments music for wind and strings the wind section The winds played beautifully. a wind band compare woodwind
  4. Idioms to release gas from your bowels through your anus
    a following wind
     
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    a wind blowing in the same direction as a ship or other vehicle that helps it move faster With a generous following wind, we sped across the lake.
    get wind of something (informal)
     
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    to hear about something secret or private She didn't want reporters getting wind of their plans.
    in the wind
     
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    about to happen soon, although you do not know exactly how or when Once again, changes are in the wind.
    it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good) (saying)
     
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    no problem is so bad that it does not bring some advantage to someone
    like the wind
     
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    very quickly We ran like the wind.
    sail close to the wind
     
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    to take a risk by doing something that is dangerous or that may be illegal
    see which way the wind is blowing
     
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    to get an idea of what is likely to happen before doing something
    take the wind out of somebody's sails (informal)
     
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    to make someone suddenly less confident or angry, especially when you do or say something that they do not expect When I immediately agreed to his suggestion, it really took the wind out of his sails.
    throw caution to the wind(s)
     
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    to stop caring about how dangerous something might be; to start taking risks He threw caution to the wind and dived into the water after the child.
    the winds of change
     
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    (used especially by journalists) an event or a series of events that has started to happen and will cause important changes or results The winds of change were blowing through the banking world.
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