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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.
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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
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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
Translations of “wind”
in Korean 바람…
in Arabic ريح…
in French vent, souffle, gaz…
in Turkish rüzgâr, yel, hava…
in Italian vento…
in Chinese (Traditional) 氣流, 風…
in Russian ветер, газы, метеоризм…
in Polish wiatr, wiatry…
in Spanish viento, aire, aliento…
in Portuguese vento…
in German der Wind, die Luft, die Blähung…
in Catalan vent…
in Japanese 風…
in Chinese (Simplified) 气流, 风…
(Definition of wind noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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