Definition of broken wind in English:

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broken wind


[mass noun]
Another term for COPD in horses.
Example sentences
  • COPD, broken wind and heaves are one and the same thing.
  • The condition is also known as heaves, recurrent airway obstruction, broken wind, emphysema, chronic bronchitis or small airway disease.
  • Back in the 1800s horses were said to be winded or to have broken wind when they had respiratory difficulties. They were called ‘pipers’ by horse dealers ...



Pronunciation: /ˌbrəʊkənˈwɪndɪd/
Example sentences
  • Horses that are lame, broken-winded, and vicious, pull the great bulk of all the weight that horses pull.
  • Not long afterwards the Horse, having become broken-winded, was sent by his owner to the farm.
  • The horse turned out to be broken-winded and Roche refused to take it back.

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