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Wind, subst. 1) a current of air: Ven. 303. Ven. 303 Ven. 303 1046 (the w. imprisoned in the ground etc.; cf. H4A III, 1, 30). H4A III, 1, 30 H4A III, 1, 30 H4A III, 1, 30 Lucr. 311. Tp. I, 2, 150. Tp. I, 2, 150 III, 3, 63 “(may as well wound the loud --s).” V, 42. Gent. I, 2, 118. II, 3, 59 “(if the w. were down).” Meas. III, 1, 124 “(to be imprisoned in the viewless --s).” Err. IV, 1, 90 “(the merry w. blows fair from land).” Ado III, 1, 66 “(a vane blown with all --s).” Merch. I, 1, 24 “(a w. too great).” Shr. II, 135 “(little w.).” Tw. I, 5, 255 “('twill endure w. and weather).” V, 399 (with hey, ho, the w. and the rain; cf. Lr. III, 2, 75). Wint. II, 3, 154 (a feather for each w. that blows; cf. IV, 4, 552). John V, 2, 87 “(weak w.).” H4A III, 1, 30 (cf. Ven. 1046). III, 3, 102 “(is the w. in that door?).” H4B IV, 5, 100 “(weak w.).” V, 3, 89 “(what w. blew you hither?).” R3 IV, 1, 53 “(O ill-dispersing w. of misery).” Tit. IV, 3, 57 “(to shoot against the w.)” Mcb. I, 3, 82 “(melted as breath into the w.).” Hml. II, 2, 495 “(with the whiff and w. of his fell sword).” Oth. III, 3, 262 (let her down the w.; cf. Whistle) etc. etc. “the four --s,” Merch. I, 1, 168. “carried with more speed before the w.” Err. I, 1, 110. H6C I, 4, 4. Per. V Prol. Per. V Prol. “the high w. sings,” Ven. 305. Lucr. 335. H6B II, 1, 3. H6B II, 1, 3 “sits the w. in that corner?” Ado II, 3, 102. “to know where sits the w.” Merch. I, 1, 18. R2 II, 1, 265. II, 2, 123. H5 II, 2, 12. Hml. I, 3, 56. Lr. I, 4, 112. cf. “my reason sits in the w. against me,” Ant. III, 10, 37. “w. and tide:” Err. IV, 1, 46. H6C III, 3, 48. IV, 3, 59. V, 1, 53. Proverbial expressions: “I hear it sing i'the w.” Tp. II, 2, 20. Wiv. III, 2, 38; cf. Tp. III, 3, 97. “there is something in the w. that we cannot get in,” Err. III, 1, 69. “many can brook the weather that love not the w.” LLL IV, 2, 34 (cf. Weather). “ill blows the w. that profits nobody,” H6C II, 5, 55; cf. H4B V, 3, 90.
Emblem of swiftness: Ven. 303. Ven. 303 Sonn. 51, 7. LLL V, 2, 261. Mids. III, 2, 94. Of liberty: “as free as mountain --s,” Tp. I, 2, 499. “I must have as large a charter as the w. to blow on whom I please,” As II, 7, 48. “speak frankly as the w.” Troil. I, 3, 253. “he should be as free as is the w.” Cor. I, 9, 89. Of wantonness: “the wanton w.” Mids. II, 1, 129. “the strumpet w.” Merch. II, 6, 16. Merch. II, 6, 16 “the bawdy w. that kisses all it meets,” Oth. IV, 2, 78. Of inconstancy and falseness: Wint. I, 2, 132. Troil. III, 2, 199. Rom. I, 4, 100. Of ubiquity: “her worth, being mounted on the w., through all the world bears Rosalind,” As III, 2, 95. “I have eyes upon him, and his affairs come to me on the w.” Ant. III, 6, 63 (== from every side). “slander . . . whose breath rides on the posting winds and doth belie all corners of the world,” Cymb. III, 4, 38. cf. Mcb. I, 7, 25 and H4B Ind. Mcb. I, 7, 25
Considered as bearing scent: “this same coxcomb that we have i'the w.” All's III, 6, 122 (== of whom we have taken the scent). “allow the w.” V, 2, 10 (== do not stand between the wind and me); cf. H4A I, 3, 45. “he knows the game: how true he keeps the w.” H6C III, 2, 14; cf. “why do you go about to recover the w. of me, as if you would drive me into a toil,” Hml. III, 2, 362. “my son and I will have the w. of you: keep there,” Tit. IV, 2, 133 (== we will keep a strict eye upon you, and stand on our guard against you).
2) breath: “blow till thou burst thy w.” Tp. I, 1, 9 (== till thou be out of breath). “if my w. were but long enough to say my prayers,” Wiv. IV, 5, 104. “words are but w.” Err. III, 1, 75. “my w. cooling my broth,” Merch. I, 1, 22. “I shall break my w.” H4A II, 2, 14. “your w. short,” H4B I, 2, 206. “obeying with my w. when I do blow,” H6C III, 1, 86. “fetches her w. so short,” Troil. III, 2, 33. “pursy insolence shall break his w. with fear and horrid flight,” Tim. V, 4, 12. “not to crack the w. of the poor phrase,” Hml. I, 3, 108. cf. Ven. 189.
Hence == a) words, speech: “sorrow ebbs, being blown with w. of words,” Lucr. 1330. “stop in your w.” Err. I, 2, 53. “foul words is but foul w., and foul w. is but foul breath,” Ado V, 2, 52. “for his death no w. of blame shall breathe,” Hml. IV, 7, 67. “then we bring forth weeds, when our quick --s lie still; and our ills told us is as our earing,” Ant. I, 2, 114 (truth frankly told is as wholesome to the hearer as fresh air. Most M. Edd. quick minds). cf. H5 III, 3, 30.
b) sighs: “like a stormy day, now w., now rain, sighs dry her cheeks, tears make them wet again,” Ven. 965. at last it rains (i. e. he weeps), and busy --s give o'er (and ceases to sigh) Lucr. 1790. “storming her world with sorrow's w. and rain,” Compl. 7. puffing with w. and rain (sighs and tears) As III, 5, 50. “where are my tears? rain, to lay this w., or my heart will be blown up by the root,” Troil. IV, 4, 56. “the --s thy sighs,” Rom. III, 5, 135. “tears shall drown the w.” Mcb. I, 7, 25 (the word used here in each of its senses). “we cannot call her --s and water sighs and tears,” Ant. I, 2, 153.
c) a flatus emitted from behind, a fart: “a man may break a word with you, sir, and words are but w., ay, and break it in your face, so he break it not behind,” Err. III, 1, 75.
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