wind Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of “wind” - English Dictionary

"wind" in American English

See all translations

windnoun

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

[C/U] the ​movement of ​airoutside, esp. when ​strong enough to be ​felt: [U] The wind is so ​strong that it’s hard to ​keep an ​umbrella up. [C] We ​expectlight 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 ​mechanicaldevice 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 ​turnsrepeatedly 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)







"wind" in British English

See all translations

windnoun

uk   /wɪnd/  us   /wɪnd/
  • wind noun (CURRENT OF AIR)

A1 [C or U] a ​current of ​airmovingapproximately horizontally, ​especially one ​strong enough to be ​felt: There isn't enough wind to ​fly a ​kite. The ​forecastwarned 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 ​sailsflapped in the wind.literary There wasn't a breath of (= ​even a ​slightamount of) wind. A gust of wind ​suddenlycaught her ​skirt. The wind is ​beginning to pick up (= get ​stronger). She ​ran like the wind (= very ​fast) to ​catch up.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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 ​falsestatements: I ​rarelybother to ​listen to ​politicians' ​speeches - it's all just wind.
the wind section
(US also the winds) the ​group of woodwind instruments (= ​onesplayed by ​blowing into a ​hole near one end)and ​theirplayers 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.
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 ​turnsrepeatedly 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 ​smallbandage round her ​finger.
winding
adjective uk   /ˈwaɪn.dɪŋ/  us   /ˈwaɪn.dɪŋ/
B2 A winding ​path, ​road, ​river, etc. ​repeatedlyturns in different ​directions: There's a very ​long, winding ​pathleading up to the ​house.
(Definition of wind 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
Just who is driving this thing?
Just who is driving this thing?
by ,
May 03, 2016
by Colin McIntosh Do you remember Herbie the Love Bug? Herbie was a 1963 Volkswagen Beetle car in a string of Walt Disney movies. In typical Disney anthropomorphic style, Herbie goes his own way, falls in love, cries, plays jokes, and generally has a mind of his own. While the new driverless cars, like those being

Read More 

Word of the Day

star

a very large ball of burning gas in space that is usually seen from the earth as a point of light in the sky at night

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More