1 breeze, zephyr, puff, gust, breath, draught, light air, current (of air):
A gentle wind wafted our little boat across the bay.
2 puffery, bombast, rodomontade, bluster, boasting, braggadocio, vain speech, blather, (idle or empty) talk, fustian, nonsense, twaddle, humbug, babble, gibberish, Colloq gab, hot air, claptrap, hogwash, rot, hooey, boloney, Slang Brit (load of (old)) cobblers:
I went there for advice and all I got was a lot of wind.
3 gas, flatulence, windiness, flatus, borborygmus (= 'stomach rumbling (as from gas)'), heartburn, Taboo Slang fart (= 'anal release of gas'):
I have to take a pill to relieve this wind.
4 before the wind. Nautical downwind, off the wind:
We were racing before the wind with every scrap of sail flying.
5 break wind. Taboo Slang fart:
It is considered rude to break wind.
6 get or have wind of. hear of, learn of, come to know, pick up, be made or become aware of, gather, understand, hear on the grapevine, Colloq hear tell of:
We got wind of the company's plans to close this plant.
7 get or have the wind up. take fright, become frightened or afraid or apprehensive:
When I heard a window being raised I got the wind up.
8 in the wind. around, about, rumoured, in the air, detectable, discernible, discoverable, imminent, impending, approaching, close (at hand), about to happen or take place or occur, afoot, in the offing, near, on the way, Colloq Brit on the cards, US in the cards:
We knew that a change was in the wind, but never expected the chairman to resign.
9 off the wind. See 5, above.
10 on the or a wind. Nautical upwind, windward, to the wind, into (the teeth or the eye of) the wind; near the wind Because 'Syrena' was a sloop, she could sail closer on the wind than the schooner.
11 put the wind up. scare, frighten, alarm:
The leakage at the nuclear plant really put the wind up everyone living in the area.
12 sail close or near to the wind. take risks, throw caution to the winds, play with fire, skate on thin ice, take (one's) life in (one's) hands, Colloq stick (one's) neck out, Slang go for broke:
One nude scene is highly salacious, and we think the director is sailing very close to the wind by including it.
13 take the wind out of (someone's) sails. deflate (someone), disconcert (someone), destroy (someone's) advantage, ruin (someone's) superiority or supremacy or ascendancy:
It rather took the wind out of her sails when he announced that he was leaving anyway.
1 turn, bend, twist, snake, worm, twine, zigzag, slew, swerve, loop, coil, curve, meander, ramble, veer:
The river winds along the valley floor.
2 reel, roll, spiral, turn, twist, curl, coil, wrap, twine, wreathe; crank (up), wind up:
The streamers are wound around the columns for decoration.
3 wind down.
(a) taper off, slow down, diminish, reduce, close out, slacken or slack off (on), ease (up on), decrease, cut back or down (on); wind up:
They were going to wind down their sportswear department, but then business suddenly perked up.
(b) relax, become calm or tranquil, calm down, cool off or down, regain (one's) equilibrium, ease up or off, Colloq unwind, let (one's) hair down, take it easy:
It takes me a couple of days to wind down from the hectic activity in the office.
4 wind up. a terminate, conclude, come or bring to an end or a close or a conclusion, end (up), close down or up, finish (up), wrap up; liquidate, settle:
After calmly winding up his affairs, Evan sailed off in his boat and was never seen again.
(b) end up, finish (up), become ultimately:
I understand that Sally wound up as a bar girl in Tampico.
(c) excite, innervate, energize, stimulate, invigorate, stir up:
After getting us all wound up about that weekend party in Paris, she called the whole thing off.
(d) agitate, fluster, disconcert, ruffle:
Don't let such trifles get you so wound up.
(e) See 3 (a), above.
bonanza, godsend, stroke of (good) fortune, serendipitous find, boon, piece of (good) luck, jackpot, (lucky) strike:
The sale of the house provided a windfall that saved them from imminent bankruptcy.
fierce, gale-force, high, stiff, strong, terrible
Rain and high winds are forecast. There was a stiff wind blowing.
| light, moderate, slight | blustery, gusty | warm | biting, bitter, brisk, chill, cold, icy
The icy wind cut right through us.
| howling | fair, favourable, good
They set sail the next morning with a fair wind.
Adverse winds swept the boat off course.
| head, tail
A tail wind made the ride home very relaxing.
| east, north, etc.
blast, gust | breath
There wasn't a breath of wind in the still air.
WIND + VERB
blow, blow up, come, cut through sb/sth, sweep (through) sth
The wind came from the west. A fierce wind swept through the countryside.
| howl, moan, roar, whistle
The wind roared through the tunnel.
| buffet sth, rattle sth, whip sth (up)
The wind whipped up the surface of the lake.
| increase, pick up, rise | abate, die down, drop
Let's wait until the wind drops before setting sail.
The wind suddenly changed and began blowing from the north.
WIND + NOUN
conditions, direction, power, pressure, speed
against the ~
We were rowing against the wind.
| in the ~
a flag flapping in the wind
| into the ~
We were sailing into the wind.
| out of ~
Let's shelter out of the wind.
the roar/sound of the wind
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