Definition of second wind in English:

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second wind

Pronunciation: /ˌsekənd ˈwind/


[in singular]
1A person’s ability to breathe freely during exercise, after having been out of breath.
Example sentences
  • After looking set to fade, Caradak got a second wind and ran on again for third, finishing a length adrift.
  • Cornish had a second wind in the final 10 minutes before the break when they added two more tries.
  • Suddenly, at the very point of disaster, when I have hit what mountain climbers and runners call ‘the wall,’ I get a second wind.
1.1A new strength or energy to continue something that is an effort: she gained a second wind during the campaign and turned the opinion polls around
More example sentences
  • At first Marx hoped that revolution in Europe would gain a second wind.
  • When I got the strength and my second wind, I packed up the jeep with some of the kids' toys and clothes.
  • His presence throughout the second half of the journey gave our team a much-needed second wind.

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Syllabification: sec·ond wind

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