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From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wound} (wound) (rarely
{Winded}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Winding}.] [OE. winden, AS.
windan; akin to OS. windan, D. & G. winden, OHG. wintan,
Icel. & Sw. vinda, Dan. vinde, Goth. windan (in comp.). Cf.
{Wander}, {Wend}.]
1. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to
turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions
about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe;
as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.

Whether to wind The woodbine round this arbor.

2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.

Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms. --Shak.

3. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's
pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to
govern. ``To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus.'' --Shak.

In his terms so he would him wind. --Chaucer.

Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please And wind
all other witnesses. --Herrick.

Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might
wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure.

4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.

You have contrived . . . to wind Yourself into a
power tyrannical. --Shak.

Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in
such things into discourse. --Gov. of

5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to
wind a rope with twine.

{To wind off}, to unwind; to uncoil.

{To wind out}, to extricate. [Obs.] --Clarendon.

{To wind up}.
(a) To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of
thread; to coil completely.
(b) To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up
one's affairs; to wind up an argument.
(c) To put in a state of renewed or continued motion, as a
clock, a watch, etc., by winding the spring, or that
which carries the weight; hence, to prepare for
continued movement or action; to put in order anew.
``Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years.''
--Dryden. ``Thus they wound up his temper to a
pitch.'' --Atterbury.
(d) To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so
as to tune it. ``Wind up the slackened strings of thy
lute.'' --Waller.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wind \Wind\, v. i.
1. To turn completely or repeatedly; to become coiled about
anything; to assume a convolved or spiral form; as, vines
wind round a pole.

So swift your judgments turn and wind. --Dryden.

2. To have a circular course or direction; to crook; to bend;
to meander; as, to wind in and out among trees.

And where the valley winded out below, The murmuring
main was heard, and scarcely heard, to flow.

He therefore turned him to the steep and rocky path
which . . . winded through the thickets of wild
boxwood and other low aromatic shrubs. --Sir W.

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.

The lowing herd wind ?lowly o'er the lea. --Gray.

To wind out, to extricate one's self; to escape.
Long struggling underneath are they could wind Out
of such prison. --Milton.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wind \Wind\, n.
The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist; a

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wind \Wind\ (w[i^]nd, in poetry and singing often w[imac]nd;
277), n. [AS. wind; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. wind, OHG.
wint, Dan. & Sw. vind, Icel. vindr, Goth winds, W. gwynt, L.
ventus, Skr. v[=a]ta (cf. Gr. 'ah`ths a blast, gale, 'ah^nai
to breathe hard, to blow, as the wind); originally a p. pr.
from the verb seen in Skr. v[=a] to blow, akin to AS.
w[=a]wan, D. waaijen, G. wehen, OHG. w[=a]en, w[=a]jen, Goth.
waian. [root]131. Cf. {Air}, {Ventail}, {Ventilate},
{Window}, {Winnow}.]
1. Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a
current of air.

Except wind stands as never it stood, It is an ill
wind that turns none to good. --Tusser.

Winds were soft, and woods were green. --Longfellow.

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.

Their instruments were various in their kind, Some
for the bow, and some for breathing wind. --Dryden.

4. Power of respiration; breath.

If my wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I
would repent. --Shak.

5. Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence;
as, to be troubled with wind.

6. Air impregnated with an odor or scent.

A pack of dogfish had him in the wind. --Swift.

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.

Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon
these slain. --Ezek.
xxxvii. 9.

Note: 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. (Far.) 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.

Nor think thou with wind Of airy threats to awe.

10. (Zo["o]l.) The dotterel. [Prov. Eng.]

Note: Wind is often used adjectively, or as the first part of
compound words.

{All in the wind}. (Naut.) See under {All}, n.

{Before the wind}. (Naut.) See under {Before}.

{Between wind and water} (Naut.), in that part of a ship's
side or bottom which is frequently brought above water by
the rolling of the ship, or fluctuation of the water's
surface. Hence, colloquially, (as an injury to that part
of a vessel, in an engagement, is particularly dangerous)
the vulnerable part or point of anything.

{Cardinal winds}. See under {Cardinal}, a.

{Down the wind}.
(a) In the direction of, and moving with, the wind; as,
birds fly swiftly down the wind.
(b) Decaying; declining; in a state of decay. [Obs.] ``He
went down the wind still.'' --L'Estrange.

{In the wind's eye} (Naut.), directly toward the point from
which the wind blows.

{Three sheets in the wind}, unsteady from drink. [Sailors'

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wind \Wind\, v. t. [From {Wind}, moving air, but confused in
sense and in conjugation with wind to turn.] [imp. & p. p.
{Wound} (wound), R. {Winded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Winding}.]
To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged
and mutually involved notes. ``Hunters who wound their
horns.'' --Pennant.

Ye vigorous swains, while youth ferments your blood, .
. . Wind the shrill horn. --Pope.

That blast was winded by the king. --Sir W.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Winded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.

2. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as,
the hounds winded the game.

(a) To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a
horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of
(b) To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to
be recovered; to breathe.

{To wind a ship} (Naut.), to turn it end for end, so that the
wind strikes it on the opposite side.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wind \Wind\, n. (Boxing)
The region of the pit of the stomach, where a blow may
paralyze the diaphragm and cause temporary loss of breath or
other injury; the mark. [Slang or Cant]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

{Out of harm's way}, beyond the danger limit; in a safe

{Out of joint}, not in proper connection or adjustment;
unhinged; disordered. ``The time is out of joint.''

{Out of mind}, not in mind; forgotten; also, beyond the limit
of memory; as, time out of mind.

{Out of one's head}, beyond commanding one's mental powers;
in a wandering state mentally; delirious. [Colloq.]

{Out of one's time}, beyond one's period of minority or

{Out of order}, not in proper order; disarranged; in

{Out of place}, not in the usual or proper place; hence, not
proper or becoming.

{Out of pocket}, in a condition of having expended or lost
more money than one has received.

{Out of print}, not in market, the edition printed being
exhausted; -- said of books, pamphlets, etc.

{Out of the question}, beyond the limits or range of
consideration; impossible to be favorably considered.

{Out of reach}, beyond one's reach; inaccessible.

{Out of season}, not in a proper season or time; untimely;

{Out of sorts}, wanting certain things; unsatisfied; unwell;
unhappy; cross. See under {Sort}, n.

{Out of temper}, not in good temper; irritated; angry.

{Out of time}, not in proper time; too soon, or too late.

{Out of time}, not in harmony; discordant; hence, not in an
agreeing temper; fretful.

{Out of twist}, {winding}, or {wind}, not in warped
condition; perfectly plain and smooth; -- said of

{Out of use}, not in use; unfashionable; obsolete.

{Out of the way}.
(a) On one side; hard to reach or find; secluded.
(b) Improper; unusual; wrong.

{Out of the woods}, not in a place, or state, of obscurity or
doubt; free from difficulty or perils; safe. [Colloq.]

{Out to out}, from one extreme limit to another, including
the whole length, breadth, or thickness; -- applied to

{Out West}, in or towards, the West; specifically, in some
Western State or Territory. [U. S.]

{To come out}, {To cut out}, {To fall out}, etc. See under
{Come}, {Cut}, {Fall}, etc.

{To put out of the way}, to kill; to destroy.

{Week in, week out}. See {Day in, day out} (above).

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area
of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent
under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"
2: a tendency or force that influences events; "the winds of
3: breath; "the collision knocked the wind out of him"
4: empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; that's a
lot of wind"; "don't give me any of that jazz" [syn: {idle
words}, {jazz}, {nothingness}]
5: an indication of potential opportunity; "he got a tip on the
stock market"; "a good lead for a job" [syn: {tip}, {lead},
{steer}, {confidential information}, {hint}]
6: a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an
enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath [syn: {wind
7: a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus [syn: {fart},
{farting}, {flatus}, {breaking wind}]
8: the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old
clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: {winding}, {twist}]
v 1: to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular
course; "the river winds through the hills"; "the path
meanders through the vineyards"; "sometimes, the gout
wanders through the entire body" [syn: {weave}, {thread},
{meander}, {wander}]
2: extend in curves and turns; "The road winds around the lake"
[syn: {curve}]
3: wrap or coil around; "roll your hair around your finger";
"Twine the thread around the spool" [syn: {wrap}, {roll},
{twine}] [ant: {unwind}]
4: catch the scent of; get wind of; "The dog nosed out the
drugs" [syn: {scent}, {nose}]
5: of springs [syn: {wind up}]
6: form into a wreath [syn: {wreathe}]
7: raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help; "hoist
the bicycle onto the roof of the car" [syn: {hoist}, {lift}]
8: tighten the spring of (a mechanisms); wind up the toy" [syn:
{wind up}]

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