v. t.

  1. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe; as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.
  2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
  3. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern.
  4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
  5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine.
  6. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
  7. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as, the hounds winded the game.
  8. To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath.
  9. To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe.
  10. To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes.

v. i.

  1. To turn completely or repeatedly; to become coiled about anything; to assume a convolved or spiral form; as, vines wind round a pole.
  2. To have a circular course or direction; to crook; to bend; to meander; as, to wind in and out among trees.
  3. To go to the one side or the other; to move this way and that; to double on one's course; as, a hare pursued turns and winds.


  1. The act of winding or turning; a turn; a bend; a twist; a winding.
  2. Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a current of air.
  3. Air artificially put in motion by any force or action; as, the wind of a cannon ball; the wind of a bellows.
  4. Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or by an instrument.
  5. Power of respiration; breath.
  6. Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence; as, to be troubled with wind.
  7. Air impregnated with an odor or scent.
  8. A direction from which the wind may blow; a point of the compass; especially, one of the cardinal points, which are often called the four winds.
  9. A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
  10. Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
  11. The dotterel.