• Method of Using the Winding-Sticks
    Method of Using the Winding-Sticks
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj winding of a path e.g. "meandering streams","rambling forest paths","the river followed its wandering course","a winding country road"
    • adj winding marked by repeated turns and bends "a tortuous road up the mountain","winding roads are full of surprises","had to steer the car down a twisty track"
    • n winding the act of winding or twisting "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The north wind doth blow The north wind doth blow
Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees Steps wind up between a rock wall and trees
Winding the Skein Winding the Skein

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In a lifetime, an average driver will release approximately 912 pints of wind inside a car
    • n Winding (Naut) A call by the boatswain's whistle.
    • Winding A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream. "To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove
      With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove."
    • Winding (Elec) The material, as wire or rope, wound or coiled about anything, or a single round or turn of the material;
    • a Winding Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The windiest place in the world is Mount Washington, New Hampshire, USA. The highest wind was on April 12, 1934 when it reached 231 mph.
    • n winding Any portion of an electric circuit which is coiled. The term is applied to the armature and field-coils of generators and motors, to the turns of wire on electromagnets, to the coils of galvanometers and other current-measuring instruments, to the primary and secondary turns of transformers, to resistance and inductance-coils, and, in general, to any convolution or set of convolutions which forms a portion of the conducting circuit of an electrical machine or device.
    • winding Curving; spiral: as, a winding stair.
    • winding Full of bends or turns: as, a winding path.
    • winding Warped; twisted; bent; crooked: as, a winding surface.
    • n winding A turn or turning; a bend; flexure; meander: as, the windings of a road or stream.
    • n winding A twist in any surface, so that all its parts do not lie in the same plane; a casting or warping.
    • n winding A call by the boatswain's whistle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cockroaches break wind every 15 minutes.
    • adj Winding curving, full of bends: twisted
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  • John Neal
    John Neal
    “A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”
  • Jack Nicklaus
    Jack Nicklaus
    “The older you get the stronger the wind gets -- and it's always in your face.”
  • John Petit-Senn
    John Petit-Senn
    “True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.”
  • Christina Rossetti
    “And all the winds go sighing, for sweet things dying.”
  • Bible
    “Who so regardeth dreams is like him that catcheth at a shadow, and followeth after the wind. [Ecclesiasticus 34:2]”


Don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon - If you don't know what to do, you don't know whether to wind a watch or bark at the moon.
Get wind of - If you get wind of something, you hear or learn about it, especially if it was meant to be secret.
It's an ill wind that blows no good - This is said when things have gone wrong; the idea being that when bad things happen, there can also be some positive results.
Know which way the wind blows - This means that you should know how things are developing and be prepared for the future.
Sail close to the wind - If you sail close to the wind, you take risks to do something, going close to the limit of what is allowed or acceptable.
Scattered to the four winds - If something's scattered to the four winds, it goes out in all directions.
Second wind - If you overcome tiredness and find new energy and enthusiasm, you have second wind.
Seven sheets to the wind - If someone is seven sheets to the wind, they are very drunk.
Throw caution to the wind - When people throw caution to the wind, they take a great risk.
Twisting in the wind - If you are twisting in the wind, you are without help or support - you are on your own.
Whistle down the wind - If you whistle down the wind, you abandon, send away or leave something or someone.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Wind to twist
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. windan; Ger. winden, Ice. vinda, Goth. windan. Cf. Wend, Wander.


In literature:

Then it had slowly come about that the winds of pain had increased upon the winds of pleasure.
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
The weather pleasant, the wind from the E. with clouds; in the afternoon the clouds disappeared and the wind came from the N.W.
"History of the Expedition under the Command of Captains Lewis and Clark, Vol. I." by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
E.g., the wind four points free; the wind would allow the vessel to come four points nearer the wind than her course requires.
"The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence" by A. T. Mahan
Upon rounding the second bend the head wind became a stern wind, driving us on at a jolly clip until nightfall.
"The River and I" by John G. Neihardt
To-day we have hot wind or gusts of wind.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
On the 31st of May, the wind being East and E.S.E., with a top-gallant gale, they set sail close to the wind on a southerly course.
"The Part Borne by the Dutch in the Discovery of Australia 1606-1765" by J. E. Heeres
Stayed for a wind at this place two days.
"A Narrative of the Expedition to Dongola and Sennaar" by George Bethune English
The deep, far baying of the dogs, now loud, now low, as the trail ran away or the wind blew clear, told where the chase led inland.
"Heralds of Empire" by Agnes C. Laut
The English could not move for want of wind.
"English Seamen in the Sixteenth Century" by James Anthony Froude
We can sail two points nearer the wind than he.
"Great Sea Stories" by Various
It was late before they got fair winds thence, and they remained there far into the summer.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
A light wind hummed a pleasant song among the brown leaves.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The wind blows keenly from the north, and now the snow begins to fall and thaw and freeze, and fall and thaw again.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
It is small wonder the Eskimos believe that evil spirits walk upon the wind.
"The North Pole" by Robert E. Peary
If a cloud and wind are coming, the wind will last.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Send him often into the wind that the wind may bear away his sorrows into the forest.
"The Hero of Esthonia and Other Studies in the Romantic Literature of That Country" by William Forsell Kirby
A dip of the sails to the swell of the rising wind, and the snowy heights of Avacha Bay are left on the offing.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
I'll get that schooner, too, wind or no wind.
"The Noank's Log" by W. O. Stoddard
An east wind has as limits 4 to 50 miles, and a south-east wind 2 to 60 miles.
"Meteorology" by J. G. M'Pherson
The wind veering to S.S.W., we made about a west course.
"Narrative of the surveying voyages of His Majesty's ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836" by Robert FitzRoy

In poetry:

The wind, the summer wind of June,
Was on our cheeks as, in the heather,
We lay that happy afternoon
On Yarrow braes together.
"On Yarrow Braes" by Alexander Anderson
Put your finger on the lips
Of your soul; the wild rain drips;
The wind goes diving down the sea;
Tell the wind, but tell not me.
"An April Gust" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Outside, the wind and the rain
appeal and defend,
outside the wind and the rain
appeal and enclose
the judge with their reasoning.
"Dream Judgement" by Gerrit Achterberg
Light fills the hills with God,
Wind with his breath,
And here, in his abode,
Light, wind, and air praise God,
And this poor breath.
"Montserrat" by Arthur Symons
And the dawn wind grieves for Desmond,
And "Desmond" the night wind sighs;
And where is the head of Desmond,
He of the dusk-deep eyes?
"Desmond" by Clinton Scollard
Hurrah for a horse on a wind-swept course
And a night as black as hell is,
And a gallop blind in face o' the wind
To calm a soul that fell is.
"A Song" by James Edwin Campbell

In news:

Running against the wind Eastland Fire Department sparks funding controversy.
In the wind and cold and wet of the Yorkshire moors, a young boy is taken in by a generous man.
Despite high winds, a US Forest Service contract helicopter lifts off Monday for a reconnaissance flight over the Potts Mountain fire, which had consumed an estimated 700 acres.
After struggling for years to develop wind power in Michigan, Rich VanderVeen hopes a new, consolidated state energy department will put some wind at his back.
The search-engine giant will buy some of the wind energy from GRDA's interest in a wind farm under development in central Oklahoma.
Medicine Park, 62 mph wind gust at 8:50 p.m. Gould, 62 mph wind gust one hour before that.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced plans Thursday to open four new wind-leasing regions for wind farms along the mid- Atlantic coast .
Among the Weather Channel 's "personal favorites": A 13-6 Browns victory over the Steelers on Dec 10, 2009, with winds gusting 20-25 mph and the wind chill below zero.
Dangerous wind-chill factors are still possible Tuesday night with the wind chill dipping below zero.
High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories remain in effect through evening.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a high wind watch and said damaging winds may blow through the city this weekend.
While there are no official wind advisories for San Luis Obispo or Santa Barbara County, strong offshore winds will continue through Sunday morning.
Boston-based wind energy developer First Wind has announced that the construction of its 69 MW Kawailoa Wind project.
In wind-turbine laden Iowa, President Obama sharpens his campaign claws on the wind energy tax credit .
However, for much of the day that wind will be a chilly wind as we slowly recover from the cold morning.

In science:

This low wind speed is responsible for a wind luminosity which is about a factor of ten below the wind powers of the other objects of this study (cf.
The evolution of planetary nebulae. V. The diffuse X-ray emission
The X-ray emission from the super-massive star η Car is simulated using a three dimensional model of the wind-wind collision.
3D modelling of the colliding winds in Eta Carinae - evidence for radiative inhibition
Cooling of the shocked companion’s wind becomes more important if there is a period of enhanced mass-loss from the primary wind (see Table 3) since the WCR is pushed deeper into the secondary wind resulting in lower preshock velocities and higher densities (see Fig. 17).
3D modelling of the colliding winds in Eta Carinae - evidence for radiative inhibition
Collisions between the pulsar’s relativistic wind and the stellar wind lead to the formation of a compactified pulsar wind nebula (CPWN), a scaled-down version of pulsar wind nebulae .
Multiwavelength Astronomy and CTA: X-rays
Our assumption of a uniform zonal wind with an equatorial velocity of 1 km s−1 also ignores variations of the zonal wind speed with altitude, which may be significant (wind speeds generally increase with height) according to circulation models (e.g.
The impact of atmospheric circulation on the chemistry of the hot Jupiter HD 209458b
Nevertheless we chose a large value for the outer edge of the computational domain to make sure that the domain includes most of the acceleration zone of the disk wind launched from the inner disk and the wind velocity at the outer edge well represents the wind terminal velocity.
Dynamics of line-driven disk winds in Active Galactic Nuclei
Thus the X-ray continuum is thought to be viewed through an accretion disk wind, which in some ways poses an even greater challenge for modelers than stellar winds; for example, conditions at the base of the wind vary with disk radius.
X-ray Spectroscopy of Accretion Disks and Stellar Winds in X-Ray Binaries
To reconcile the presence of both a fast (BAL) wind and a slow (NAL) wind in most AGN and quasars, we adopted a single wind with a specific geometry.
Tests of a Structure for Quasars
There are two main possibilities: either high luminosity ob jects have faster winds, or faster winds are emitted in some preferential direction , and slower winds in others.
Tests of a Structure for Quasars
An equatorial fast wind avoids this problem. (6) An equatorial fast wind has the faster material originating further from the continuum source, which seems unlikely since radiation pressure and Keplerian rotation both predict the opposite. A polar fast wind avoids this problem.
Tests of a Structure for Quasars
Due to large uncertainties in both the wind mass loss rate, the effects of collimation in the wind, and the ionization flux from the central star, it is not clear whether or not the strong wind condition is met for low mass stars (Hollenbach, Yorke, & Johnstone 2000).
Viscous diffusion and photoevaporation of stellar disks
The impact of galactic winds on the host galaxies and the environment depends sensitively on the size of the “zone of influence” of these winds, i.e. the region affected either directly (e.g., heating, metals) or indirectly (e.g., ionizing radiation) by these winds.
Galactic Winds: Near and Far
However, the total mass lost in winds as well as the wind structure of the 7 dominant mass-losing stars are better constrained, so despite uncertainties in some of the stars, these initial wind conditions appear sufficiently constrained to use this experiment.
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
However the measurements were not sufficient to unambiguously choose between the different scenarios of wind-launching region: disk wind or X-wind.
First astrophysical results from AMBER/VLTI
This is considerably faster than η Carinae’s “normal” wind but in the ballpark of the velocity of the polar wind, and, probably, of the outflow speed of the shocked material in the wind-wind collision.
Eta Car and Its Surroundings: the X-ray Diagnosis