wind1 W2S2 [wınd] n
2 get/have wind of something
4¦(in your stomach)¦
5 take the wind out of somebody's sails
6 see which way the wind is blowing
7 something is in the wind
8 winds of change/freedom/public opinion etc
9 put the wind up somebody/get the wind up
11 like the wind
[: Old English;]
1.) ¦(AIR)¦ [U and C]
also the wind
moving air, especially when it moves strongly or quickly in a current
The wind blew from the northeast.
A sudden gust of wind (=a short strong wind) blew the door shut.
blowing/flapping/swaying etc in the wind
branches swaying in the wind
strong/high winds
The forecast is for strong winds and heavy rain.
gale/hurricane force winds
(=strong enough to cause a lot of damage)
a 70-mile-an-hour wind
The light wind ruffled the water.
east/west/north/south wind
(=coming from the east etc)
a cold/an icy/a chill/a biting etc wind
the wind picks/gets up
(=blows more strongly)
The wind was getting up and it was becoming cloudy.
We'll wait till the wind drops (=blows less strongly) before we put the tent up.
the side of the building most exposed to prevailing winds (=the winds blowing over a particular area most of the time)
a machine measuring wind speed
2.) get/have wind of sth informal
to hear or find out about something secret or private
You better hope the press doesn't get wind of this.
3.) ¦(BREATH)¦[U]
your ability to breathe normally
get your wind (back)
(=be able to breathe normally again, for example after running)
knock the wind out of sb
(=hit someone in the stomach so that they cannot breathe for a moment)
second wind atsecond1 (12), ↑windpipe
BrE the condition of having air or gas in your stomach or ↑intestines, or the air or gas itself
American Equivalent: gas
I can't drink beer - it gives me wind.
'What's wrong with the baby?' 'Just a little wind.'
5.) take the wind out of sb's sails informal
to make someone lose their confidence, especially by saying or doing something unexpected
6.) see which way the wind is blowing
to find out what the situation is before you do something or make a decision
7.) sth is in the wind
used to say that something is happening or going to happen, but the details are not clear
If there was a merger in the wind, I'm sure we'd hear about it.
8.) winds of change/freedom/public opinion etc
used to refer to things that have important effects, and that cannot be stopped
The winds of change are blowing through the entire organization.
9.) put the wind up sb/get the wind up
BrE informal if you put the wind up someone, you make them feel anxious or frightened. If you get the wind up, you become anxious or frightened
The threat of legal action will be enough to put the wind up them.
the winds/the wind section
the people in an ↑orchestra or band who play musical instruments that you blow through, such as a ↑flute
11.) like the wind
if someone or something moves or runs like the wind, they move or run very quickly
She ran like the wind down the stairs to escape.
12.) ¦(TALK)¦[U]
BrE informal talk that does not mean anything
break wind atbreak1 (31)
it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good) atill1 (4)
sail close to the wind atsail1 (6), straw in the wind atstraw
wind 2
wind2 [waınd] v past tense and past participle wound [waund]
1.) [T always + adverb/preposition]
to turn or twist something several times around something else
wind sth around/round sth
The hair is divided into sections and wound around heated rods.
2.) [T] also wind up
to turn part of a machine around several times, in order to make it move or start working
Did you remember to wind the clock?
3.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
if a road, river etc winds somewhere, it has many smooth bends and is usually very long
wind (its way) through/along etc sth
Highway 99 winds its way along the coast.
a winding path
4.) [T]
to make a tape move in a machine
wind sth forward/back
Can you wind the video back a little way - I want to see that bit again.
>wind n
wind down phr v
1.) wind sth<=>down
to gradually reduce the work of a business or organization so that it can be closed down completely
2.) to rest and relax after a lot of hard work or excitement
I find it difficult to wind down after a day at work.
3.) wind sth<=>down
BrE to make something, especially a car window, move down by turning a handle or pressing a button
wind up phr v
1.) to bring an activity, meeting etc to an end
OK, just to wind up, could I summarize what we've decided?
wind sth<=>up
It's time to wind things up - I have a plane to catch.
2.) wind sth<=>up
to close down a company or organization
Our operations in Jamaica are being wound up.
3.) [linking verb] informal
to be in an unpleasant situation or place after a lot has happened
= ↑end up wind up in/at/with etc
You know you're going to wind up in court over this.
wind up doing sth
I wound up wishing I'd never come.
4.) wind sb<=>up
BrE to deliberately say or do something that will annoy or worry someone, as a joke
They're only winding you up.
→↑wound up
5.) wind sth<=>up
to turn part of a machine around several times, in order to make it move or start working
6.) wind sth<=>up
BrE to make something, especially a car window, move up by turning a handle or pressing a button
Could you wind the window up, please?
Do not confuse with the noun wind , which has a different pronunciation.
wind 3
wind3 [wınd] v past tense and past participle winded [T]
to make someone have difficulty breathing, as a result of falling on something or being hit
The fall winded him and he lay still for a moment.

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