• WordNet 3.6
    • n Zephyr (Greek mythology) the Greek god of the west wind
    • n zephyr a slight wind (usually refreshing) "the breeze was cooled by the lake","as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Zephyr The west wind; poetically, any soft, gentle breeze. "Soft the zephyr blows.""As gentle
      As zephyrs blowing below the violet."
      "Soft the zephyr blows.""As gentle
      As zephyrs blowing below the violet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n zephyr The west wind; poetically, any soft, mild, gentle breeze.
    • n zephyr In entomology, a butterfly of the genus Zephyrus.
    • n zephyr A trade-name for a textile fabric or yarn, very fine and light of its kind, and for some other things of similar qualities: chiefly in attributive use: as, zephyr worsted; zephyr crackers (that is, biscuits).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Zephyr zef′ir the west wind: a soft, gentle breeze: thin light worsted or woollen yarn, also a close-fitting jersey or undergarment made of such: anything very light and fine of its kind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. zephyrus, Gr. , akin to darkness, the dark side, west: cf. F. zéphyr,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. zephyroszophos, darkness, the dark quarter, the west.


In literature:

My cloud-like skirts floated softly on the zephyrs.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
They are so sensitive that the most gentle zephyr is perceived.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
This wind was a love-zephyr as of old.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
As Sylvie was about nothing more important than a pale-blue zephyr "fascinator," she accepted the invitation.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
There at the further edge my little Zephyr rested, intact.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
The ship streaked in, dancing like a zephyr to avoid the crystalline ray.
"Before Egypt" by E. K. Jarvis
This he welcomed, even more than the cooling zephyrs.
"Bred of the Desert" by Marcus Horton
Zephyrs come wafted through the blossoming trees loaded with voluptuous delight.
"Weird Tales, Vol. II." by E. T. A. Hoffmann
With which of them was Zephyr most familiar, and was there any one by means of which Zephyr could thwart him by threatening exposure?
"Blue Goose" by Frank Lewis Nason
Si strode on resolutely, as if the disturbance were nothing more than a Summer zephyr.
"Si Klegg, Book 6 (of 6) Si And Shorty, With Their Boy Recruits, Enter On The Atlanta Campaign" by John McElroy

In poetry:

And when she spoke, the zephyrs caught
The words so soft and clear,
And told them over to the flowers
That bloomed in beauty near.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Upon its native pillow dear,
The little slumb'rer finds repose;
His fragrant breath eludes the ear—
A zephyr passing o'er a rose.
"Lines Upon Seeing A Beautiful Infant Sleeping On The Bosom Of Its Mother" by Sir John Carr
For here no zephyr grieves
To tell the year's dead dream;
And down the pine-lulled stream
Lost memories drift and loiter with the leaves.
"December" by Clark Ashton Smith
And when you laugh, through Fairyland
That laugh is breath'd, a zephyr bland;
And when you sigh, in every vale
The fairies hear the nightingale.
"To Titania, Queen Of Fairyland, St. Valentine's Day" by Peter John Allan
And when, alone, at eve you rove,
Where arm in arm we oft have mov'd,
Each Zephyr in the well-known grove
Shall whisper that we once have lov'd.
"Lines To Selina" by Sir John Carr
Ye creeping Zephyrs, hist you, pray,
Nor press so hard yon wither'd leaves;
For Julia sleeps beneath this clay—
Nay, feel it, how her bosom heaves!
"The Mad Lover" by Washington Allston

In news:

This California Zephyr has a new home at the Western Pacific Railroad Museum in Portola.
Compared to $4,300 for the least pricey Lincoln K sedan, the Lincoln- Zephyr 's price put it bumper to bumper in cost with the Buick Roadmaster Series 80.
Meghan Cox Gurdon reviews George Hallensleben and Kate Banks's "The Bear in the Book," Domenica More Gordon's "Archie" and Steve Light's " Zephyr Takes Flight.".
Dual-grille Lincoln Zephyr heads to Hershey.
A Ride On The California Zephyr .
Zephyr 's Power in the Consumer HxM.
Triathalon event runs from Zephyr Cove to Reno.
Dedication ceremony at Zephyr Cove office of NTCD.
LOUISVILLE – Frankfort artist Reba Rye is sharing a new collaborative installation with ceramics artist Stephen Driver at Zephyr Gallery, 610 E Market St.
VMware's 'Project Zephyr ' Challenges Amazon, Microsoft In Public Cloud Battle.
2006 Lincoln Zephyr Photo Gallery.
You're the one in charge of getting to the great food at Zephyr Vegetarian Caf in downtown Long Beach.
MySpace's Zephyr Tracking Solution: Refreshing Change or Hot Air.
Meet Zephyr , a SuicideGirl who lost her virginity during the movie 'Top Gun,' loves people that are awesome and can't live without 'Resident Evil.
Nebraska Zephyr makes Quincy appearance.