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Learner's definition of WIND  
: a natural movement of air outside
[count]  : something that has force or influence
[noncount]  : the ability to breathe normally
— see also second wind
[noncount]British  : gas in the stomach or intestines
winds [plural]music  : musical instruments (such as flutes and horns) that are played by blowing air into them : wind instruments

break wind

: to pass gas out of the anus

catch/get wind of (something)

: to hear about (something private or secret)

get/have the wind up

British, informal
: to become/be afraid or nervous

in the wind

like the wind

: very fast

put the wind up (someone)

British, informal
: to make (someone) afraid or nervous

sail close to the wind

— see 1sail

straw in the wind

— see straw

take the wind out of someone's sails

: to cause someone to lose confidence or energy

three sheets to the wind

— see 2sheet

throw/fling/cast caution to the wind

— see 1caution
Learner's definition of WIND  
of a river, road, etc.  : to follow a series of curves and turns
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object]  : to wrap (something, such as a string) around something
[+ object]  : to turn a knob, handle, etc., several times on something (such as a clock) so that it can work — often + up

wind down

[phrasal verb]
: to end gradually
: to relax and stop thinking about work, problems, etc. : unwind

wind up

[phrasal verb]
: to end
wind (something) up or wind up (something)  : to end or complete (something)
: to reach or come to a place, situation, or condition that was not planned or expected
— see also 2wind 3 (above), wound up

— winder

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