Wind vs wind

Wind and wind are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words wind and wind, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Wind (wind), which rhymes with bend and tend, is the movement or rush of air or an air current. Wind is also used figuratively to mean a political or social force that forces change. Wind may also mean a person’s breath, and someone who is out of breath is said to be winded. Another definition of the verb wind means to catch the scent of an animal or person. Related words are winds, winded, winding. Finally, in British English, wind may mean the passing of gas and a person may be said to break wind. The word wind is derived from the German word wind, and interestingly, the pronunciation was the same as for the following heteronym, wind, until the seventeenth century.

Wind (wined), which rhymes with fined and kind, is a verb that means to repeatedly twist something like the stem of a watch or the handle of a device, to travel in a twisting manner, to encircle something or to coil something upon itself. Wind may also mean to move to a certain point in a video or audio tape. Related words are winds, wound, winding. The word wind is derived from the Old English word windan, which means to twist or coil.

Examples

Bushfires burned dangerously out of control on Australia’s east coast on Saturday, fanned by high temperatures and strong winds that had firefighters battling to save lives and property, as a change in wind conditions merged several large fire fronts. (Reuters)

“I won’t be worried about politics,” says Spanbauer, suggesting he won’t be holding a finger up in the air to test the political wind before making his voting decisions. (The Niagara Falls Reporter)

As we prepare for lighter evenings, make sure you wind your clock forward one hour before you go to sleep on Saturday September 30. (The Herald Sun)

A winding trail with stunning coastal views leads to the brackish water pond where visitors can picnic in a tranquil setting surrounded by lush hills. (Forbes)

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