What is wind?

  • (verb): Wrap or coil around.
    Synonyms: wrap, roll, twine
    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 transports ... Other Martian winds have resulted in cleaning events and dust devils ...

More definitions of "wind":

  • (verb): Catch the scent of; get wind of.
    Synonyms: scent, nose
  • (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
  • (verb): Coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem.
    Example: "Wind your watch"
    Synonyms: wind up
  • (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
  • (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): 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"
  • (noun): Empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk.
    Example: "That's a lot of wind"
    Synonyms: idle words, jazz, nothingness
  • (verb): Extend in curves and turns.
    Synonyms: curve
  • (verb): Raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help.
    Synonyms: hoist, lift

Famous quotes containing the word wind:

    Day after day, throughout the winter,
    We hardened ourselves to live by bluest reason
    In a world of wind and frost....
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    Come away, away children;
    Come children, come down!
    The hoarse wind blows coldly;
    Lights shine in the town.
    Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)

    Over me the wind swirls.
    I have stood on your portal
    and I know
    you are further than this,
    still further on another cliff.
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)