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Definition: All in the wind
(w[i^]nd, in poetry and singing often w[imac]nd;
277), n. [AS. wind; akin to OS., OFries., D., & G. wind, OHG.
wint, Dan. & Sw. vind, Icel. vindr, Goth winds, W. gwynt, L.
ventus, Skr. v[=a]ta (cf. Gr. 'ah`ths a blast, gale, 'ah^nai
to breathe hard, to blow, as the wind); originally a p. pr.
from the verb seen in Skr. v[=a] to blow, akin to AS.
w[=a]wan, D. waaijen, G. wehen, OHG. w[=a]en, w[=a]jen, Goth.
waian. [root]131. Cf. Air
1. Air naturally in motion with any degree of velocity; a
current of air.
Except wind stands as never it stood,
It is an ill wind that turns none to good. --Tusser.
Winds were soft, and woods were green. --Longfellow.
2. Air artificially put in motion by any force or action; as,
the wind of a cannon ball; the wind of a bellows.
3. Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or
by an instrument.
Their instruments were various in their kind,
Some for the bow, and some for breathing wind.
4. Power of respiration; breath.
If my wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I
would repent. --Shak.
5. Air or gas generated in the stomach or bowels; flatulence;
as, to be troubled with wind.
6. Air impregnated with an odor or scent.
A pack of dogfish had him in the wind. --Swift.
7. 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.
Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon
these slain. --Ezek.
Note: This sense seems to have had its origin in the East.
The Hebrews gave to each of the four cardinal points
the name of wind.
8. (Far.) A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are
distended with air, or rather affected with a violent
inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
9. Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
Nor think thou with wind
Of airy threats to awe. --Milton.
10. (Zo["o]l.) The dotterel. [Prov. Eng.]
11. (Boxing) The region of the pit of the stomach, where a
blow may paralyze the diaphragm and cause temporary loss
of breath or other injury; the mark. [Slang or Cant]
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Note: Wind is often used adjectively, or as the first part of
All in the wind
. (Naut.) See under All
Before the wind
. (Naut.) See under Before
Between wind and water
(Naut.), in that part of a ship's
side or bottom which is frequently brought above water by
the rolling of the ship, or fluctuation of the water's
surface. Hence, colloquially, (as an injury to that part
of a vessel, in an engagement, is particularly dangerous)
the vulnerable part or point of anything.
. See under Cardinal
Down the wind
(a) In the direction of, and moving with, the wind; as,
birds fly swiftly down the wind.
(b) Decaying; declining; in a state of decay. [Obs.] “He
went down the wind still.”
In the wind's eye
(Naut.), directly toward the point from
which the wind blows.
Three sheets in the wind
, unsteady from drink. [Sailors'
To be in the wind
, to be suggested or expected; to be a
matter of suspicion or surmise. [Colloq.]
To carry the wind
(Man.), to toss the nose as high as the
ears, as a horse.
To raise the wind
, to procure money. [Colloq.]
To take the wind
or To have the wind
, to gain or have the
To take the wind out of one's sails
, to cause one to stop,
or lose way, as when a vessel intercepts the wind of
another; to cause one to lose enthusiasm, or momentum in
an activity. [Colloq.]
To take wind
, or To get wind
, to be divulged; to become
public; as, the story got wind, or took wind.
(Mus.), a band of wind instruments; a military
band; the wind instruments of an orchestra.
(Mus.), a chest or reservoir of wind in an
(b) Emphysema of the subcutaneous areolar tissue.
, an imperfect, unimpregnated, or addled egg.
. See the Note under Furnace
. See under Gauge
. Same as Air gun
(Mining), the opening or place where the ore is
taken out of the earth.
(Mus.), an instrument of music sounded by
means of wind, especially by means of the breath, as a
flute, a clarinet, etc.
, a pump moved by a windmill.
, a table of the points of the compass, giving the
states of the barometer, etc., connected with winds from
the different directions.
(a) (Naut.) A wide tube or funnel of canvas, used to
convey a stream of air for ventilation into the lower
compartments of a vessel.
(b) The sail or vane of a windmill.
, a crack or incoherence in timber produced by
violent winds while the timber was growing.
, a wind shake.
, the side next the wind; the windward side. [R.]
(Zo["o]l.), the redwing. [Prov. Eng.]
, a motor consisting of a wheel moved by wind.
(Mus.), the flutes and reed instruments of an
The whole number, quantity, or amount; the entire thing;
everything included or concerned; the aggregate; the whole;
totality; everything or every person; as, our all is at
Death, as the Psalmist saith, is certain to all.
All that thou seest is mine. --Gen. xxxi.
Note: All is used with of, like a partitive; as, all of a
thing, all of us.
, after considering everything to the contrary;
All in all
, a phrase which signifies all things to a
person, or everything desired; (also adverbially) wholly;
Thou shalt be all in all, and I in thee,
Trust me not at all, or all in all. --Tennyson.
All in the wind
(Naut.), a phrase denoting that the sails
are parallel with the course of the wind, so as to shake.
, all counted; in all.
, and the rest; and everything connected. “Bring
our crown and all.”
(a) In every respect; wholly; thoroughly. [Obs.] “She is a
shrew at al(l).”
(b) A phrase much used by way of enforcement or emphasis,
usually in negative or interrogative sentences, and
signifying in any way or respect; in the least degree or
to the least extent; in the least; under any
circumstances; as, he has no ambition at all; has he any
property at all? “Nothing at all.”
--Shak. “If thy
father at all miss me.”
--1 Sam. xx. 6.
, everywhere. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
Note: All is much used in composition to enlarge the meaning,
or add force to a word. In some instances, it is
completely incorporated into words, and its final
consonant is dropped, as in almighty, already, always:
but, in most instances, it is an adverb prefixed to
adjectives or participles, but usually with a hyphen,
as, all-bountiful, all-glorious, allimportant,
all-surrounding, etc. In others it is an adjective; as,
allpower, all-giver. Anciently many words, as, alabout,
alaground, etc., were compounded with all, which are
now written separately.