winds; winding; winded

When wind rhymes with "grinned," it refers to moving air, as in a breeze, or what fills the sails of a boat. When wind rhymes with "kind," it means to turn, as in winding one's watch.

There are all kinds of ways to wind: You can wind a ball of yarn, wind up to take a swing, or wind your way home. There are all types of wind, too, from a light breeze (top wind speed of 7 mph) to a hurricane-force wind (wind speed greater than 73 mph). A wind instrument is one where the music is made by blowing into or over a mouthpiece.

Definitions of wind
  1. noun
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
    “trees bent under the fierce winds
    “when there is no wind, row”
    synonyms: air current, current, current of air
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    a relatively well-defined prevailing wind
    calm, calm air
    wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale
    air, breeze, gentle wind, zephyr
    a slight wind (usually refreshing)
    chinook, chinook wind, snow eater
    a warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies
    a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter
    wind blowing across the path of a ship or aircraft
    foehn, fohn
    a warm dry wind that blows down the northern slopes of the Alps
    an oppressively hot southerly wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt in the spring
    Santa Ana
    a strong hot dry wind that blows in winter from the deserts of southern California toward the Pacific Coast
    high wind
    a very strong wind
    wind blowing opposite to the path of a ship or aircraft
    catabatic wind, katabatic wind
    a wind caused by the downward motion of cold air
    wind blowing in the same direction as the path of a ship or aircraft
    a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific
    east wind, easter, easterly
    a wind from the east
    northwest wind, northwester
    a wind from the northwest
    sou'wester, southwester
    a strong wind from the southwest
    sou'easter, southeaster
    a strong wind from the southeast
    a strong wind moving 34–40 knots; force 8 on Beaufort scale
    blast, blow, gust
    a strong current of air
    a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter
    any wind that changes direction with the seasons
    boreas, north wind, norther, northerly
    a wind that blows from the north
    prevailing wind
    the predominant wind direction
    samiel, simoom, simoon
    a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
    south wind, souther, southerly
    a wind from the south
    sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
    rising current of warm air
    draft, draught
    a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
    west wind, wester
    wind that blows from west to east
    wind in the upper atmosphere blowing above but in the opposite direction from the trade winds
    bise, bize
    a dry cold north wind in southeastern France
    sea breeze
    a cooling breeze from the sea (during the daytime)
    a slight movement of the air
    light air
    wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 on the Beaufort scale
    light breeze
    wind moving 4-7 knots; 2 on the Beaufort scale
    gentle breeze
    wind moving 7-10 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale
    moderate breeze
    wind moving 13-18 knots; 4 on the Beaufort scale
    fresh breeze
    wind moving 19-24 knots; 5 on the Beaufort scale
    strong breeze
    wind moving 25-31 knots; 6 on the Beaufort scale
    moderate gale, near gale
    wind moving 32-38 knots; 7 on the Beaufort scale
    fresh gale
    wind moving 39-46 knots; 8 on the Beaufort scale
    strong gale
    wind moving 47-54 knots; 9 on the Beaufort scale
    whole gale
    wind moving 55-63 knots; 10 on the Beaufort scale
    a violent gusty wind
    a blast of wind laden with sand
    jet stream
    a high-speed high-altitude airstream blowing from west to east near the top of the troposphere; has important effects of the formation of weather fronts
    an easterly wind in the western Mediterranean area
    a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter
    puff, puff of air, whiff
    a short light gust of air
    line squall
    a squall advancing along a front that forms a definite line
    trade, trade wind
    steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
    antitrade, antitrade wind
    winds blowing from west to east and lying above the trade winds in the tropics
    tramontana, tramontane
    a cold dry wind that blows south out of the mountains into Italy and the western Mediterranean
    a strong upward air current
    a strong downward air current
    prevailing westerly, westerly
    the winds from the west that occur in the temperate zones of the Earth
    type of:
    atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition
    the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation
  2. noun
    a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
    synonyms: wind instrument
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    brass, brass instrument
    a wind instrument that consists of a brass tube (usually of variable length) that is blown by means of a cup-shaped or funnel-shaped mouthpiece
    free-reed instrument
    a wind instrument with a free reed
    a toy wind instrument that has a membrane that makes a sound when you hum into the mouthpiece
    ocarina, sweet potato
    egg-shaped terra cotta wind instrument with a mouthpiece and finger holes
    organ, pipe organ
    wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard
    organ pipe, pipe, pipework
    the flues and stops on a pipe organ
    a tubular wind instrument
    post horn
    wind instrument used by postilions of the 18th and 19th centuries
    a small wind instrument that produces a whistling sound by blowing into it
    wood, woodwind, woodwind instrument
    any wind instrument other than the brass instruments
    accordion, piano accordion, squeeze box
    a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
    American organ
    a free-reed instrument in which air is drawn in through reeds by suction bellows
    a tubular wind instrument; the player blows air into a bag and squeezes it out through the drone
    baritone, baritone horn
    the second lowest brass wind instrument
    bass horn, sousaphone, tuba
    the lowest brass wind instrument
    beating-reed instrument, reed, reed instrument
    a musical instrument that sounds by means of a vibrating reed
    a brass instrument without valves; used for military calls and fanfares
    chanter, melody pipe
    reed pipe with finger holes on which the melody is played
    a medieval brass instrument with a clear shrill tone
    free-reed instrument played like an accordion by pushing its ends together to force air through the reeds
    cornet, horn, trump, trumpet
    a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
    bourdon, drone, drone pipe
    a pipe of the bagpipe that is tuned to produce a single continuous tone
    fipple flute, fipple pipe, recorder, vertical flute
    a tubular wind instrument with 8 finger holes and a fipple mouthpiece
    flue, flue pipe, labial pipe
    organ pipe whose tone is produced by air passing across the sharp edge of a fissure or lip
    fluegelhorn, flugelhorn
    a brass instrument resembling a cornet but with a wider bore
    flute, transverse flute
    a high-pitched woodwind instrument; a slender tube closed at one end with finger holes on one end and an opening near the closed end across which the breath is blown
    French horn, horn
    a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves
    harmonica, harp, mouth harp, mouth organ
    a small rectangular free-reed instrument having a row of free reeds set back in air holes and played by blowing into the desired hole
    harmonium, organ, reed organ
    a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows
    organ stop
    a graduated set of organ pipes of like tone quality
    pandean pipe, panpipe, syrinx
    a primitive wind instrument consisting of several parallel pipes bound together
    pitch pipe
    a small pipe sounding a tone of standard frequency; used to establish the starting pitch for unaccompanied singing
    reed pipe
    organ pipe with a vibrating reed
    any of a family of brass wind instruments that resemble a bugle with valves
    a brass instrument consisting of a long tube whose length can be varied by a U-shaped slide
    type of:
    instrument, musical instrument
    any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
  3. verb
    catch the scent of; get wind of
    synonyms: nose, scent
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    inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense
  4. noun
    a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
  5. noun
    “the collision knocked the wind out of him”
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    breathing out, exhalation, expiration
    the act of expelling air from the lungs
  6. noun
    a tendency or force that influences events
    “the winds of change”
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    the effect of one thing (or person) on another
  7. noun
    an indication of potential opportunity
    synonyms: confidential information, hint, lead, steer, tip
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    type of:
    counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance
    something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
  8. noun
    empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
    “that's a lot of wind
    synonyms: idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness
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    type of:
    talk, talking
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
  9. verb
    to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
    “the river winds through the hills”
    synonyms: meander, thread, wander, weave
    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
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    move along a winding path
    type of:
    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  10. verb
    arrange or coil around
    synonyms: roll, twine, wrap
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    unroll, unwind, wind off
    reverse the winding or twisting of
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    wind onto a spool or a reel
    wind onto or off a reel
    form into a ball by winding or rolling
    clew, clue
    roll into a ball
    coil, curl, loop
    wind around something in coils or loops
    wind onto a cheese
    reel off, unreel
    unwind from or as if from a reel
    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  11. verb
    coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem
    wind your watch”
    synonyms: wind up
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    fasten, tighten
    make tight or tighter
  12. verb
    extend in curves and turns
    “The road winds around the lake”
    synonyms: curve, twist
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    wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral, as of snail
    form a spiral
    form a snake-like pattern
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    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  13. verb
    form into a wreath
    synonyms: wreathe
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    enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
    spin,wind, or twist together
  14. verb
    raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    synonyms: hoist, lift
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    trice, trice up
    hoist up or in and lash or secure with a small rope
    type of:
    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  15. noun
    the act of winding or twisting
    “he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind
    synonyms: twist, winding
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    rotary motion, rotation
    the act of rotating as if on an axis
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