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Definition: Before 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
, prep. [OE. beforen, biforen, before, AS.
beforan; pref. be- + foran, fore, before. See Be-
1. In front of; preceding in space; ahead of; as, to stand
before the fire; before the house.
His angel, who shall go
Before them in a cloud and pillar of fire. --Milton.
2. Preceding in time; earlier than; previously to; anterior
to the time when; -- sometimes with the additional idea of
purpose; in order that.
Before Abraham was, I am. --John viii.
Before this treatise can become of use, two points
are necessary. --Swift.
Note: Formerly before, in this sense, was followed by that.
“Before that Philip called thee . . . I saw thee.”
--John i. 48.
3. An advance of; farther onward, in place or time.
The golden age . . . is before us. --Carlyle.
4. Prior or preceding in dignity, order, rank, right, or
worth; rather than.
He that cometh after me is preferred before me.
--John i. 15.
The eldest son is before the younger in succession.
5. In presence or sight of; face to face with; facing.
Abraham bowed down himself before the people. --Gen.
Wherewith shall I come before the Lord? --Micah vi.
6. Under the cognizance or jurisdiction of.
If a suit be begun before an archdeacon. --Ayliffe.
7. Open for; free of access to; in the power of.
The world was all before them where to choose.
Before the mast
(Naut.), as a common sailor, -- because the
sailors live in the forecastle, forward of the foremast.
Before the wind
(Naut.), in the direction of the wind and
by its impulse; having the wind aft.