Wind vs Writhe - What's the difference?

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Wind is a related term of writhe.

As nouns the difference between wind and writhe

is that wind is wind; movement of air usually caused by convection or differences of air pressure while writhe is (knot theory) the number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot.

As a verb writhe is

to twist, to wring (something).



Etymology 1

From (etyl), from (etyl) ; ultimately probably cognate with (weather).


(Beaufort scale)
  • (countable, uncountable) Real or perceived movement of atmospheric air usually caused by convection or differences in air pressure.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-29, volume=407, issue=8842, page=29, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Unspontaneous combustion , passage=Since the mid-1980s, when Indonesia first began to clear its bountiful forests on an industrial scale in favour of lucrative palm-oil plantations, “haze” has become an almost annual occurrence in South-East Asia. The cheapest way to clear logged woodland is to burn it, producing an acrid cloud of foul white smoke that, carried by the wind , can cover hundreds, or even thousands, of square miles.}}
  • Air artificially put in motion by any force or action.
  • (countable, uncountable) The ability to exert oneself without feeling short of breath.
  • * Shakespeare
  • If my wind were but long enough to say my prayers, I would repent.
  • news of an event, especially by hearsay or gossip - used with catch often in past tense
  • (India, and, Japan) One of the five basic elements (see ).
  • (uncountable, colloquial) Flatus.
  • Breath modulated by the respiratory and vocal organs, or by an instrument.
  • * (John Dryden)
  • Their instruments were various in their kind, / Some for the bow, and some for breathing wind .
  • A direction from which the wind may blow; a point of the compass; especially, one of the cardinal points, which are often called the "four winds".
  • * Bible, (Ezekiel) xxxvii. 9
  • Come from the four winds , O breath, and breathe upon these slain.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=5 , passage=When this conversation was repeated in detail within the hearing of the young woman in question, and undoubtedly for his benefit, Mr. Trevor threw shame to the winds and scandalized the Misses Brewster then and there by proclaiming his father to have been a country storekeeper.}}
  • A disease of sheep, in which the intestines are distended with air, or rather affected with a violent inflammation. It occurs immediately after shearing.
  • Mere breath or talk; empty effort; idle words.
  • * (John Milton)
  • Nor think thou with wind / Of airy threats to awe.
  • A bird, the dotterel.
  • Synonyms
    * (movement of air) breeze, draft, gale; see also * (flatus) gas (US); see also
    Derived terms
    * break wind * close to the wind * crosswind * downwind * fair wind * foul wind * get one's wind back * get the wind up * get wind of * headwind * like the wind * long-winded * pass wind * sail close to the wind * scattered to the four winds * second wind * see which way the wind is blowing * sow the wind and reap the whirlwind * tailwind * the winds * trade wind * take the wind out of someone's sails * three sheets to the wind * throw caution to the wind * throw to the wind * twist in the wind * upwind * whirlwind * willow in the wind * windbag * wind band * wind-blown * windboard * windbound * wind-break, windbreak * windbreaker * wind-breaker * windburn * wind chart * wind-cheater, windcheater * windchill * wind chimes * wind cone, windcone * wind egg * windfall * wind farm * windflaw * wind force * wind-gauge * wind gun * wind instrument * windily * windiness * windjammer * windless * windmill * window * windpipe * wind power * wind rose * wind scale * windscreen * wind shake * windshield * wind sleeve, windsleeve * wind sock, windsock * winds of change * windstorm * windsurf * windsurfer * windsurfing * wind-swept, windswept * wind tunnel * windward * windy
    See also
    * blizzard * breeze * cyclone * gale * gust * hurricane * nor'easter, northeaster * northwester * sou'easter, southeaster * sou'wester, southwester * storm * tempest * tornado * twister * typhoon * zephyr


    (en verb)
  • To blow air through a wind instrument or horn to make a sound.
  • *
  • To cause (someone) to become breathless, often by a blow to the abdomen.
  • The boxer was winded during round two.
  • (reflexive) To exhaust oneself to the point of being short of breath.
  • I can’t run another step — I’m winded .
  • (British) To turn a boat or ship around, so that the wind strikes it on the opposite side.
  • To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
  • To perceive or follow by scent.
  • The hounds winded the game.
  • To rest (a horse, etc.) in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) (m), . Compare West Frisian (m), Low German (m), Dutch (m), German (m), Danish (m). See also the related term (m).


  • (lb) To turn coils of (a cord or something similar) around something.
  • :
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:Whether to wind / The woodbine round this arbour.
  • *
  • *:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street. He wore shepherd's plaid trousers and the swallow-tail coat of the day, with a figured muslin cravat wound about his wide-spread collar.
  • (lb) To tighten the spring of the clockwork mechanism such as that of a clock.
  • :
  • To entwist; to enfold; to encircle.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms.
  • (lb) To travel, or to cause something to travel, in a way that is not straight.
  • :
  • *Sir (Walter Scott) (1771-1832)
  • *:He therefore turned him to the steep and rocky path whichwinded through the thickets of wild boxwood and other low aromatic shrubs.
  • *(Thomas Gray) (1716-1771)
  • *:The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=4 , passage=Judge Short had gone to town, and Farrar was off for a three days' cruise up the lake. I was bitterly regretting I had not gone with him when the distant notes of a coach horn reached my ear, and I descried a four-in-hand winding its way up the inn road from the direction of Mohair.}}
  • *1969 , (Paul McCartney)
  • *:The long and winding road / That leads to your door / Will never disappear.
  • To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:to turn and wind a fiery Pegasus
  • * (1591-1674)
  • *:Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please / And wind all other witnesses.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure.
  • To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:You have contrivedto wind / Yourself into a power tyrannical.
  • *Government of Tongues
  • *:little arts and dexterities they have to wind in such things into discourse
  • To cover or surround with something coiled about.
  • :
  • Derived terms
    * rewind * unwind * wind down * wind somebody round one's finger * wind up * windable * winder * winding * windlass * wind-up






  • To twist, to wring (something).
  • To contort (a part of the body).
  • *, II.17:
  • *:Cicero (as I remember) had gotten a custome to wryth his nose, which signifieth a naturall scoffer.
  • To twist or contort the body; to be distorted.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011, date=October 1, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Everton 0-2 Liverpool , passage=The game was engulfed in controversy when Rodwell appeared to win the ball cleanly in a midfield challenge with Suarez. The tackle drew an angry response from Liverpool's players- Lucas in particular as Suarez writhed in agony - but it was an obvious injustice when the England Under-21 midfielder was shown the red card.}} (Webster 1913)


    (en noun)
  • (knot theory) The number of negative crossings subtracted from the number of positive crossings in a knot
  • Anagrams

    * whiter * wither