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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

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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.

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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 ​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.
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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 ​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)
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