What is wind?

  • (noun): Air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure.
    Example: "When there is no wind, row"
    Synonyms: air current, current of air
    See also — Additional definitions below


Wind is the flow of gases on a large scale. On Earth, wind consists of the bulk movement of air. In outer space, solar wind is the movement of gases or charged particles from the sun through space, while planetary wind is the outgassing of light chemical elements from a planet's atmosphere into space. Winds are commonly classified by their spatial scale, their speed, the types of forces that cause them, the regions in which they occur, and their effect. The strongest observed winds on a planet in our solar system occur on Neptune and Saturn.

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Wind - On Other Planets
... Strong 300 kilometers per hour (190 mph) winds at Venus's cloud tops circle the planet every four to five earth days ... to sunlight after their winter, the frozen CO2 sublimes, creating significant winds that sweep off the poles as fast as 400 kilometers per hour (250 mph), which subsequently ... Other Martian winds have resulted in cleaning events and dust devils ...

More definitions of "wind":

  • (verb): Extend in curves and turns.
    Synonyms: curve
  • (verb): Catch the scent of; get wind of.
    Synonyms: scent, nose
  • (noun): A musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath.
    Synonyms: wind instrument
  • (noun): Empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk.
    Example: "That's a lot of wind"
    Synonyms: idle words, jazz, nothingness
  • (noun): The act of winding or twisting.
    Example: "He put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
    Synonyms: winding, twist
  • (verb): Raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help.
    Synonyms: hoist, lift
  • (noun): A tendency or force that influences events.
    Example: "The winds of change"
  • (verb): Form into a wreath.
    Synonyms: wreathe
  • (noun): Breath.
    Example: "The collision knocked the wind out of him"
  • (verb): Coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem.
    Example: "Wind your watch"
    Synonyms: wind up

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    Beatrice. Let me go with that I came, which is, with knowing what hath passed between you and Claudio.
    Benedick. Only foul words; and thereupon I will kiss thee.
    Beatrice. Foul words is but foul wind, and foul wind is but foul breath, and foul breath is noisome; therefore I will depart unkissed.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    I saw young Harry with his beaver on,
    His cuisses on his thighs, gallantly armed,
    Rise from the ground like feathered Mercury,
    And vaulted with such ease into his seat
    As if an angel dropped down from the clouds
    To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus,
    And witch the world with noble horsemanship.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    Laughter and grief join hands. Always the heart
    Clumps in the breast with heavy stride;
    The face grows lined and wrinkled like a chart,
    The eyes bloodshot with tears and tide.
    Let the wind blow, for many a man shall die.
    Karl Shapiro (b. 1913)