windwind1 /wɪnd/ ●●●S2W2 noun1air (also the wind) [countable, uncountable]DN moving air, especially when it moves strongly or quickly in a current → windyThe wind blew from the northeast.Planes were unable to take off because of high winds. →crosswind, downwind, headwind, tailwind, trade wind, upwind2 →get/have wind of something3breath [uncountable]BREATHE your ability to breathe normallyget 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 windat second1(12), → windpipe4in your stomach [uncountable] British EnglishMI the condition of having air or gas in your stomach or intestines, or the air or gas itselfsyn gas American EnglishI can’t drink beer – it gives me wind.‘What’s wrong with the baby?’ ‘Just a little wind.’5 →take the wind out of somebody’s sails6 →see which way the wind is blowing7 →something is in the wind8 →winds of change/freedom/public opinion etc9 →put the wind up somebody/get the wind up10 →the winds/the wind section11 →like the wind12talk [uncountable] British English informalUNTRUE talk that does not mean anything → break windat break1(31), → it’s an ill wind (that blows nobody any good)at ill1(4), → sail close to the windat sail1(6), → straw in the windat straw(5)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesstrongThe wind was so strong he could hardly stand.light/gentle (=not strong)Winds tomorrow will be light.high winds (=strong wind)High winds are making driving conditions difficult.a cold/chill windThere was a cold wind this afternoon.an icy/biting/bitter wind (=very cold)She shivered in the icy wind.a gusty/blustery wind (=not blowing steadily)A blustery wind was sending light flurries of rain against the window.a fresh wind British English (=quite cold and strong)It will feel colder in places exposed to a fresh northeasterly wind.a 20-/40-mile-an-hour windThe walkers struggled in 35-mile-an-hour winds.gale force/hurricane force winds (=very strong)He was buffeted by the gale force winds.the north/south etc wind (=coming from the north etc)They sought shelter from the north wind.a northerly/southerly etc wind (=coming from the north etc)A fresh northerly wind was speeding the ship southwards.the prevailing wind (=the most frequent wind in an area)The prevailing wind comes from the west.verbsthe wind blowsA cold wind was blowing.the wind picks up (also the wind gets up British English) (=becomes stronger)The rain beat down and the wind was picking up.the wind drops/dies down (=becomes less strong)The wind had dropped a little.the wind howls (=makes a lot of noise)The wind howled round the house all night.the wind changes (=starts blowing from a different direction)The wind had to change before his fighting ships could sail against the Spanish.phrasesa gust of windA gust of wind rattled the window.be blowing/swaying/flapping etc in the windThe trees were all swaying in the wind.wind + NOUNwind speedWind speeds of up to 80 miles an hour were recorded.THESAURUSwind air moving in a current, especially strongly or quicklyA cold wind was blowing from the east.Strong winds caused damage to many buildings.breeze a gentlepleasantwindThe trees were moving gently in the breeze.A slight breeze ruffled her hair.draught British English, draft American English /drɑːft $ dræft/ a current of cool air which blows into a room, especially one that makes you feel uncomfortableThere’s a bit of a draught in here – can you close the door?a strong windgale a very strong windThe ship was blown off course in a severe gale.Howling gales and torrential rain continued throughout the night.hurricane a storm that has very strong fast winds and that moves over water – used about storms in the NorthAtlanticOceanThe hurricane devastated Florida and killed at least 40 people.typhoon a violenttropical storm – used about storms in the WesternPacific OceanA typhoon has hit the Philippines, lifting roofs off houses and uprooting trees.tornado (also twister American English informal) a violent storm with strong winds that spin very quickly in a circle, often forming a cloud that is narrower at the bottom than the topThe town was hit by a tornado that damaged several homes.cyclone a violent tropical storm with strong winds that spin in a circleA devastating cyclone struck Bangladesh in April that year.This cyclone was traveling at speeds in excess of 21 miles per hour.
Examples from the Corpus
wind• We tie up the boats and wade up the creek towards it, enveloped in a wind of finemist.• You can even feel the deckshift beneath your feet or shiver in the icecoldarcticwind.• There was a bitingwind from the right which made all the deadwinterstemsrattle and rustle feverishly.• A bitterwind was blowing from the East• a 30-mile-an-hour wind• A suddengust of wind blew the paper out of his hand.• Some kind of wind had risenoutside and was whistling through the rottenwindowcasement and the ill-fitted panes.• With the rain came a southerlywind, moderate at first but then steadily increasing until it built to gale force.• Strong winds caused damage to many buildings.• But everyone erupted into giggles and bolted down the street as free of deference as the wind.• Gregson felt the windwhipping around him, felt the chill grow more intense.• The flagsfluttered gently in the wind.• We walked home through the wind and the rain.• She could not believe that the typhoonwinds of change could alter our family.knock the wind out of somebody• None of this has knocked the wind out of me, so to speak.• Seeing an actualreproduction of it knocks the wind out of me.windwind2 /waɪnd/ ●●●S3W3 verb (past tense and past participle wound /waʊnd/)1[transitive always + adverb/preposition]BEND to turn or twist something several times around something elsewind something around/round somethingThe hair is divided into sections and wound around heated rods.2[transitive] (also wind up)TURN to turn part of a machine around several times, in order to make it move or start workingDid you remember to wind the clock?3[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]BEND if a road, river etc winds somewhere, it has many smoothbends and is usually very longwind (its way) through/along etc somethingHighway 99 winds its way along the coast.a winding path4[transitive] to make a tape move in a machinewind something forward/backCan you wind the video back a little way – I want to see that bit again. →rewind —wind noun [countable] →wind down →wind up→ See Verb table