noun The perceptible natural movement of the air, especially in the form of a current of air blowing from a particular direction. (the wind howled about the building) Breath as needed in physical exertion, speech, etc., or the power of breathing without difficulty in such situations. (he waited while Jez got his wind back) Air swallowed while eating or gas generated in the stomach and intestines by digestion. Wind instruments, or specifically woodwind instruments, forming a band or a section of an orchestra. (these passages are most suitable for wind alone)
verb Cause (someone) to have difficulty breathing because of exertion or a blow to the stomach. (the fall nearly winded him) Make (a baby) bring up wind after feeding by patting its back. (Paddy's wife handed him their six-month-old daughter to be winded) Detect the presence of (a person or animal) by scent. (the birds could not have seen us or winded us) Sound (a bugle or call) by blowing. (but scarce again his horn he wound)
noun A twist or turn in a course. (After a few minutes of puzzled winds and twists and turns and curses muttered under my breath, I come upon the bed.) A single turn made when winding.
verb Move in or take a twisting or spiral course. (the path wound among olive trees) Pass (something) round a thing or person so as to encircle or enfold. (he wound a towel around his midriff) Make (a clock or other device, typically one operated by clockwork) operate by turning a key or handle. (he wound up the clock every Saturday night)