windmill

Definitions

  • The Windmills at Outwood
    The Windmills at Outwood
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n windmill generator that extracts usable energy from winds
    • n windmill a mill that is powered by the wind
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Golf House and Windmill, Wimbledon Common The Golf House and Windmill, Wimbledon Common
A Dutch windmill A Dutch windmill

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Windmills always turn counter-clockwise. Except for the windmills in Ireland.
    • n Windmill A mill operated by the power of the wind, usually by the action of the wind upon oblique vanes or sails which radiate from a horizontal shaft.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The windmill originated in Iran in AD 644. It was used to grind grain.
    • n windmill A mill or machine for grinding, pumping, or other purposes, moved by the wind; a wind-motor; any form of motor for utilizing the pressure of the wind as a motive power. Two types of machines are used, the horizontal and the vertical. The vertical motor consists essentially of a horizontal shaft called the wind-shaft, with a combination of sails or vanes fixed at the end of the shaft, and suitable gearing for conveying the motion of the wind-shaft to the pump or other machinery. The older types of windmill used four vanes or sail-frames called whips, covered with canvas, arrangements being provided for reefing the sails in high winds. To present the vanes to the wind, the whole structure or tower carrying the windmill was at first turned round by means of a long lever. Later the top of the tower, called the cap, was made movable. Windmills are now made with many wooden vanes forming a disk exposed to the winds, and fitted with automatic feathering and steering machinery, governors for regulating the speed, apparatus for closing the vanes in storms, etc. These improved windmills are chiefly of American invention, and are largely used in all parts of the United States for pumping water. Horizontal windmills employ an upright wind-shaft, and movable vanes placed in a circle round it, the vanes feathering when moving against the wind.
    • n windmill A visionary scheme; a vain project; a fancy; a chimera.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Windmill a mill for performing any class of work in which fixed machinery can be employed, and in which the motive-power is the force of the wind acting on a set of sails
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “Pray look better, Sir... those things yonder are no giants, but windmills.”

Idioms

Tilt at windmills - A person who tilts at windmills, tries to do things that will never work in practice.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wind; Ice. vindr, Ger. wind, L. ventus, Gr. aētēs, Sans. vāta, wind.

Usage

In literature:

Beyond this were two other eminences, on each of which stood a windmill.
"In the Irish Brigade" by G. A. Henty
It was the stump of the Pozieres windmill.
"Letters from France" by C. E. W. Bean
When I think of the Australians in France I always think of a windmill.
"My Second Year of the War" by Frederick Palmer
Did not I tell you they were windmills, and that nobody could think otherwise, unless he had also windmills in his head!
"The Ontario Readers" by Ontario Ministry of Education
The first Romans ate pap; and these conquerors of so many nations never thought of either windmills or watermills.
"Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary" by Voltaire
If Gypsy took a fancy to climb a ruined windmill, Sarah would scream all the way, but follow.
"Gypsy Breynton" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Golden Windmill and Other Stories.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
You can not drive a windmill with a pair of bellows?
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume III. (of X.)" by Various
Both threw their caps over the windmill, the one to become an unsuccessful actress, the other a successful soothsayer.
"The Uttermost Farthing" by Marie Belloc Lowndes
But if he thinks Sir Oliver was a windmill, we can inform him at once that he is mistaken.
"My Lady Nicotine" by J. M. Barrie
Molly, with a windmill-like exhibition of black legs, gives Ruth a lead over.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Windmill Co., 5 College Place, New York.
"Scientific American, Volume XXIV., No. 12, March 18, 1871" by Various
Some houses and windmills were actually demolished, so as to clear the esplanade and the approaches.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
One was that he allowed his windmill to work on Sunday!
"Pioneers and Founders or, Recent Workers in the Mission field" by Charlotte Mary Yonge
Windmill and generator is as good after ten years as ten days.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
You have saved me from tilting against many windmills.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
They saw the great windmill in Farmer Brown's barn-yard begin to whirl as she passed.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
There were windmills that ground it coarsely and both cakes and porridge were made of it.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Windmills are sometimes used when only a small supply of water is needed.
"Agriculture for Beginners" by Charles William Burkett
There would be the windmill, and the smithy, and the public house.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
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In poetry:

Be admiral, poet, or king,
Let praises fill both your ears,
Your soul will be but a windmill thing
Blown round by its hopes and fears.
"Willie's Question" by George MacDonald
`Or, perched perchance at the windmill top,
I shall gaze upon gray—roofed farms,
When the clouds are still and the hurricanes drop;
Or up in my brawny arms
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
Blow, blow, my blessed wind; oh, keep ever blowing!
Keep the great windmill going full and free;
So shall the diamond-drill down below keep going
Till in burst the waters of God's eternal sea.
"After The Fashion of An Old Emblem" by George MacDonald
The windmill stands up like a flower on the hill
With its petals a-whirling—they seldom stay still—
And its funny old voice creaking all the long day
As it scolds little breezes for running away.
"Windmill" by John Chipman Farrar
But, lo, I hear a waving on the roof of great pinions!
'Tis the labour of a windmill, broad-spreading to the wind!
Lo, down there goes a. shaft through all the house-dominions!
I trace it to a cellar, whose door I cannot find.
"After The Fashion of An Old Emblem" by George MacDonald
O here I spy Down: cast your eye to the west,
Where a windmill so stately stands plainly confess'd.
On the west! replied Matthew, no windmill I find;
As well thou may'st tell me I see the west wind.
Derry down, down, hey derry down.
"Down-Hall. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior

In news:

0The Clean Green Energy CEO came to Ishpeming to update the community on the windmill.
This morning.6:20AM, 04 Sep07.as I was sitting on my deck, having my coffee andchecking to be sure all the Windmills were working, Iwitnessed a Rainbow developing.
Windmills may not be aesthetically pleasing, but at least they don't choke pelicans and ruin all the shrimp.
Tilting at the UN Windmill.
'Amazing Race' Episode 10: Windmill tilting in Mallorca.
Tilting at Homeland Security's Windmills.
Notion of a 'recall' is just tilting at windmills.
Here are the instructions for building a windmill.
Well, I guess I tilt at windmills everyday then.
Tulsa Opera Soon to Be Tilting at Windmills.
Killing coal, tilting at windmills.
A windmill on Beachley Hill Road in Somerset.
10 Windmill Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.
Windmills, wooden clogs and tulip mania — that which we consider quintessentially Dutch might have a little something to do with American nostalgia.
The stone windmill at Estate Whim on St Croix was built between 1768 and 1779.
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In science:

Windmiller et al. (GU Boo; 2010) and Morales et al. (CM Dra; 2010) have found that systematic uncertainties may be present in DEB radii on the order of 2 – 4%.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
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