Spies and spymasters spend their lives in the wind. dealing in top-secret information.
When things go dark, our body begins to wind down and prepare for sleep.
Increasingly, as these industries develop, on-site solar and wind is a way of guaranteeing a lower price for electricity.
"air in motion," Old English wind. from Proto-Germanic *wendas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch wind. Old Norse vindr. Old High German wind. German Wind. Gothic winds ), from PIE *we-nt-o- "blowing," from root *we- "to blow" (cf. Sanskrit va-. Greek aemi-. Gothic waian. Old English wawan. Old High German wajan. German wehen. Old Church Slavonic vejati "to blow;" Sanskrit vatah. Avestan vata-. Hittite huwantis. Latin ventus. Old Church Slavonic vetru. Lithuanian vejas "wind;" Lithuanian vetra "tempest, storm;" Old Irish feth "air;" Welsh gwynt. Breton gwent "wind").
Normal pronunciation evolution made this word rhyme with kind and rind (Donne rhymes it with mind ), but it shifted to a short vowel 18c. probably from influence of windy. where the short vowel is natural. A sad loss for poets, who now must rhyme it only with sinned and a handful of weak words. Symbolic of emptiness and vanity
since late 13c. I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind. [Ernest Dowson, 1896] Meaning "breath" is attested from late Old English; especially "breath in speaking" (early 14c.), so long-winded. also "easy or regular breathing" (early 14c.), hence second wind in the figurative sense (by 1830), an image from the sport of hunting.
"an act of winding round," 1825, from wind (v.1). Earlier, "an apparatus for winding," late 14c. in which use perhaps from a North Sea Germanic word, e.g. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German winde "windlass."
"move by turning and twisting," Old English windan "to turn, twist, wind" (class III strong verb; past tense wand. past participle wunden ), from Proto-Germanic *wendanan (cf. Old Saxon windan. Old Norse vinda. Old Frisian winda. Dutch winden. Old High German wintan. German winden. Gothic windan "to wind"), from PIE *wendh- "to turn, wind, weave" (cf. Latin viere "twist, plait, weave," vincire "bind;" Lithuanian vyti "twist, wind").
"to perceive by scent, get wind of," early 15c. from wind (n.1). Of horns, etc. "make sound by blowing through," from 1580s. Meaning "tire, put out of breath; render temporarily breathless by a blow or punch" is from 1811, originally in pugilism. Related: Winded ; winding .