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wind

noun uk   /wɪnd/ us  

wind noun (CURRENT OF AIR)

A1 [C or U] a current of air moving approximately horizontally, especially one strong enough to be felt: There isn't enough wind to fly a kite. The forecast warned of winds of up to 60 miles an hour today. There was a light wind blowing. Strong/High winds made the crossing very unpleasant. The sails flapped in the wind.literary There wasn't a breath of (= even a slight amount of) wind. A gust of wind suddenly caught her skirt. The wind is beginning to pick up (= get stronger). She ran like the wind (= very fast) to catch up.

wind noun (BREATH)

[U] mainly UK breath or the ability to breathe: I had to stop halfway up the hill to get my wind (= allow my breathing to return to normal). [U] informal disapproving words that do not mean anything and false statements: I rarely bother to listen to politicians' speeches - it's all just wind.

wind noun (BOWELS)

[U] UK (US gas) gas in the bowels or in a baby's stomach, especially that which makes you feel uncomfortable or makes noises: I like garlic but it gives me terrible wind.

wind

verb [T] uk   /wɪnd/ (winded) us  

wind verb [T] (BREATH)

to make it difficult or temporarily impossible for someone to breathe, usually by hitting them in the stomach

wind verb [T] (BOWELS)

UK (US burp) to rub or very gently hit a baby on the back to allow air to come up from the stomach
(Definition of wind noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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