Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “wind”

See all translations

wind

verb uk   /waɪnd/ (wound, wound) us  

wind verb (TURN)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to turn or cause something to turn: She wound the handle but nothing happened. Once she'd got into the car, she wound the window down/up (= caused it to open/close by turning a handle). UK Does this camera wind on (= does the film in it move forward) automatically? That noise you can hear is the tape winding back.
See also
[T] ( also wind up) If you wind (up) a clock or watch, you cause it to work by turning a key, handle, or other device.B2 [I usually + adv/prep] If a road, path, or river winds, it follows a route that turns repeatedly in different directions: The river winds through the valley.

wind verb (WRAP AROUND)

B2 [T usually + adv/prep] to wrap something around an object several times or twist it repeatedly around itself: She wound a scarf around her neck. He wound the string into a ball. He wound a small bandage round her finger.
winding
adjective uk   /ˈwaɪn.dɪŋ/ us  
B2 A winding path, road, river, etc. repeatedly turns in different directions: There's a very long, winding path leading up to the house.
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 verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of wind?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “wind” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

past participle

the form of a verb, usually made by adding -ed, used in some grammatical structures such as the passive and the present perfect

Word of the Day

Euphemisms (Words used to Avoid Offending People)

by Kate Woodford,
March 04, 2015
​​​ We recently looked at the language that we use to describe lies and lying. One area of lying that we considered was ‘being slightly dishonest, or not speaking the complete truth’. One reason for not speaking the complete truth is to avoid saying something that might upset or offend people. Words and

Read More 

snapchat verb

March 02, 2015
to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now

Read More