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wind1 British & World English

The perceptible natural movement of the air, especially in the form of a current of air blowing from a particular direction

wind2 British & World English

Move in or take a twisting or spiral course

wind1 English Thesaurus

the slender pine trees were swaying in the wind

wind2 English Thesaurus

the road winds up through the mountainside to the village

twist someone around one's little finger British & World English

Have the ability to make someone do whatever one wants

winded in wind1 British & World English

Sound (a bugle or call) by blowing

wind up British & World English

Arrive or end up in a specified state, situation, or place

wind-up British & World English

An attempt to tease or irritate someone

berg wind British & World English

A hot dry northerly wind blowing from the interior to coastal districts

side wind British & World English

A wind blowing predominantly from one side

to the wind British & World English

In all directions

wind down British & World English

(Of a mechanism, especially one operated by clockwork) gradually lose power

wind-down British & World English

A gradual lessening of activity, intensity, or scale as something comes to an end

wind band British & World English

A group of musicians playing mainly woodwind instruments

wind farm British & World English

An area of land with a group of energy-producing windmills or wind turbines

wind gap British & World English

A valley cut through a ridge by a river which no longer flows through the valley

wind harp British & World English

Another term for aeolian harp.

wind load British & World English

The force on a structure arising from the impact of wind on it

wind pack British & World English

Snow which has been compacted by the wind

wind rock British & World English

Damage to the roots of young plants, caused by the movement of the stem in the wind

wind rose British & World English

A diagram showing the relative frequency of wind directions at a place

break wind British & World English

Release gas from the anus

broken wind British & World English

Another term for COPD in horses.

motor wind British & World English

A camera winding mechanism driven by a motor

second wind British & World English

A person’s ability to breathe freely during exercise, after having been out of breath

solar wind British & World English

The continuous flow of charged particles from the sun which permeates the solar system

trade wind British & World English

A wind blowing steadily towards the equator from the north-east in the northern hemisphere or the south-east in the southern hemisphere, especially at sea. Two belts of trade winds encircle the earth, blowing from the tropical high-pressure belts to the low-pressure zone at the equator

on a wind British & World English

Against a wind on either bow

wind chill British & World English

The cooling effect of wind blowing on a surface

wind chimes British & World English

A decorative arrangement of small pieces of glass, metal, or shell suspended from a frame, typically hung near a door or window so as make a tinkling sound in the draught

wind energy British & World English

Electrical energy obtained from harnessing the wind with windmills or wind turbines

wind power British & World English

Power obtained by harnessing the energy of the wind

wind shear British & World English

Variation in wind velocity occurring along a direction at right angles to the wind’s direction and tending to exert a turning force

wind sprint British & World English

A form of exercise involving moving from a walk or slow run to a faster run and repeatedly reversing the process

wind tunnel British & World English

A tunnel-like apparatus for producing an airstream of known velocity past models of aircraft, buildings, etc., in order to investigate flow or the effect of wind on the full-size object

wind chill New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(two words even when attributive)

apparent wind British & World English

The wind as it is experienced on board a moving sailing vessel, as a result of the combined effects of the true wind and the boat’s speed

Etesian wind British & World English

Another term for meltemi.

stellar wind British & World English

A continuous flow of charged particles from a star

wind machine British & World English

A machine used in the theatre or in film-making for producing a blast of air or imitating the sound of wind

wind scorpion British & World English

Another term for sun spider.

wind-sucking British & World English

(In a horse) habitual behaviour involving repeated arching of the neck and sucking in and swallowing air, often accompanied by a grunting sound

wind turbine British & World English

A turbine having a large vaned wheel rotated by the wind to generate electricity


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