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"wind" in British English

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windnoun

uk   /wɪnd/  us   /wɪnd/
  • 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 choppy. 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: The blow to my stomach knocked the wind out of me.
[U] UK informal disapproving words that do not mean anything and false statements: I rarely bother to listen to politicians' speeches - it's all just wind.
the wind section
(US also the winds) the group of woodwind instruments (= ones played by blowing into a hole near one end)and their players in an orchestra

windverb [T]

uk   /wɪnd/  us   /wɪnd/ (winded)

windverb

uk   /waɪnd/  us   /waɪnd/ (wound, wound)
  • 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 was in the car, she wound the window down/up (= caused it to open/close by turning a handle). That noise you can hear is the tape winding back.
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[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.
winding
adjective uk   /ˈwaɪn.dɪŋ/  us   /ˈwaɪn.dɪŋ/
B2 A winding path, road, river, etc. repeatedly turns in different directions: There's a very long, winding path leading up to the house.
(Definition of wind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"wind" in American English

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windnoun

 us   /wɪnd/
  • wind noun (MOVEMENT OF AIR)

[C/U] the movement of air outside, esp. when strong enough to be felt: [U] The wind is so strong that it’s hard to keep an umbrella up. [C] We expect light winds from the west today.
  • wind noun (BREATH)

[U] breath or the ability to breathe: She ran so hard that it took her a few seconds to get her wind (back) before she could speak.
windy
adjective  us   /ˈwɪn·di/
It will be wet and windy for most of the week.

windverb

 us   /wɑɪnd/ (past tense and past participle wound  /wɑʊnd/ )
  • wind verb (TWIST)

[I/T] to twist something around something else or turn something in a circle: [T] She wound the string around the spool.
[I/T] To wind a mechanical device is to cause it to work by turning a key or handle.
  • wind verb (TURN)

[I always + adv/prep] (of a road, path, or river) to follow a route that turns repeatedly in different directions: The river winds through the valley.
winding
adjective  us   /ˈwɑɪn·dɪŋ/
a winding road
(Definition of wind from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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