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  Dictionary Definition of wind

wind [1]
1. air in natural motion, as along the earth's surface.
2. a gale; storm; hurricane.
3. any stream of air, as that produced by a bellows, a fan, etc.
4. air impregnated with the scent of an animal or animals.
5. a hint or intimation: get wind of the scandal.
6. any tendency or likely course: the wind of public opinion, wind of change.
7. breath or breathing; power of breathing freely, as during continued exertion.
8. empty talk; mere words.
9. vanity; conceitedness.
10. gas generated in the stomach and bowels.
11. Colloquial the solar plexus, where a blow may cause shortness of breath.
12. See second wind.
13. Music a. a wind instrument or wind instruments collectively. b. ( often plural ) the players on such instruments collectively.
14. Nautical the point or direction from which the wind blows.
15. a point of the compass, especially a cardinal point: the four winds of heaven.
-- verb (t)
16. to expose to wind or air.
17. to follow by the scent.
18. to make short of wind or breath, as by vigorous exercise.
19. to deprive momentarily of breath, as by a blow.
20. to let recover breath, as by resting after exertion.
-- phrase
21. before the wind, carried along by the wind; (of a ship) running with the wind astern.
22. between wind and water, a. Nautical denoting the part of a ship, especially the deck of a heavily laden ship, which the waves wash over. b. in a vulnerable or precarious position.
23. break wind, to expel flatus through the anus.
24. cast to the wind or cast to the winds or fling to the wind or fling to the winds or throw to the wind or throw to the winds, to throw off or discard recklessly or in an abandoned manner: throw all caution to the winds.
25. close to the wind, a. Nautical sailing as near as possible to the direction from which the wind is blowing. b. taking a calculated risk. c. transgressing or nearly transgressing conventions of taste, propriety, or the like.
26. get the wind up, Colloquial to take fright.
27. how the wind blows or which way the wind blows or how the wind lies or which way the wind lies,