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.

Primary Meanings of wind

air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
catch the scent of; get wind of
a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus
a tendency or force that influences events
empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
the act of winding or twisting
Full Definitions of wind

n 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”
air 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 45-90 knots; force 7 to 10 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 8-12 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

n a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath

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

v catch the scent of; get wind of

nose, scent
Type of:
inhale the odor of; perceive by the olfactory sense

n a reflex that expels intestinal gas through the anus

Type of:
inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

n breath

“the collision knocked the wind out of him”
Type of:
breathing out, exhalation, expiration
the act of expelling air from the lungs

n a tendency or force that influences events

“the winds of change”
Type of:
the effect of one thing (or person) on another

n an indication of potential opportunity

confidential information, hint, lead, steer, tip
Type of:
counsel, counseling, counselling, direction, guidance
something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action

n empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk

“that's a lot of wind
idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness
Type of:
talk, talking
an exchange of ideas via conversation

v to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course

“the river winds through the hills”
meander, thread, wander, weave
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
move along a winding path
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

v arrange or or coil around

roll, twine, wrap
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

v coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem

wind your watch”
wind up
Type of:
fasten, tighten
make tight or tighter

v extend in curves and turns

“The road winds around the lake”
curve, twist
wind or turn in volutions, especially in an inward spiral, as of snail
form a spiral
form a snake-like pattern
Type of:
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v form into a wreath

Type of:
enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
spin,wind, or twist together

v raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help

hoist, lift
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

n the act of winding or twisting

“he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind
twist, winding
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rotary motion, rotation
the act of rotating as if on an axis

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