Explore WIND, WATER, SUN Topic

Language: Old English


1 noun
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[uncountable and countable] also the windDN moving air, especially when it moves strongly or quickly in a current [↪ windy]:
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)
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
crosswind, downwind, headwind, tailwind, trade wind, upwind

get/have wind of something

informal to hear or find out about something secret or private:
You better hope the press doesn't get wind of this.


[uncountable] your ability to breathe normally
get your wind (back) (=be able to breathe normally again, for example after running)
knock the wind out of somebody (=hit someone in the stomach so that they cannot breathe for a moment)

➔ second wind

at second1 (12), windpipe

in your stomach

[uncountable] British EnglishMI the condition of having air or gas in your stomach or intestines, or the air or gas itself [= gas American English]
I can't drink beer - it gives me wind.
'What's wrong with the baby?' 'Just a little wind.'

take the wind out of somebody's sails

informal to make someone lose their confidence, especially by saying or doing something unexpected

see which way the wind is blowing

to find out what the situation is before you do something or make a decision

something 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.

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.

put the wind up somebody/get the wind up

British English 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

APM the people in an orchestra or band who play musical instruments that you blow through, such as a flute

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.


[uncountable] British English informal talk that does not mean anything

➔ break wind

at break1 (31)

➔ it's an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)

at ill1 (4)

➔ sail close to the wind

at sail1 (6)

; ➔ straw in the wind

at straw (5)