Wind ventilation

wind ventilation


wind instruments in an orchestra; their players collectively, 1876.

Examples: wind of adulation, 1480; of doctrines, 1526; of hope, 1591; of laughter, 1859; of passions, 1665; of praise, 1634.


  1. Breeze [after a very hot day] … as torrid as the air from an oven —Ellen Glasgow
  2. The breeze flowed down on me, passing like a light hand —Louise Erdrich
  3. The breeze … sent little waves curling like lazy whips along the shingle [of a house] —John Fowles
  4. A breeze which came like a breath —Paul Horgan
  5. A draft … struck through his drenched clothes like ice cold needles —Cornell Woolrich
  6. A gathering wind sent the willows tossing like a jungle of buggy whips —William Styron
  7. High wind … like invisible icicles —Rebecca West
  8. Level winds as flat as ribbons —M. J. Farrell
  9. A northeaster roared down on us like a herd of drunken whales —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  10. A northeast wind which cut like a thousand razors —Frank Swinnerton
  • A sandy wind blowing rough as an elephant —Truman Capote
  • The sound of wind is like a flame —Yvor Winters
  • The sunless evening wind slid down the mountain like an invisible river —Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • The night wind rushed like a thief along the streets —Brian Moore
  • There came a wind like a bugle —Emily Dickinson

    This is both title and first line of a poem.

  • The warm spring wind fluttered against his face like an old kiss —Michael Malone
  • Wind … beat like a fist against his face —Vicki Baum
  • The wind blew gusts of wind into his face that were much like a shower-bath —Honore de Balzac
  • The wind blew him like a sail up against a lifeboat —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Wind … blowing down from a flat black sky like painted cardboard —Marge Piercy
  • Wind … driving the dry snow along with it like a mist of powdered diamonds —Henry Van Dyke
  • The wind drove against him like a granite cliff —Edith Wharton
  • Wind … dry

    and faint, like the breath of some old woman —Joe Coomer

  • Wind … dry and fresh as ice —Frank Ross
  • The wind filled his shirt like a white sail —Yitzhak Shenhar
  • The wind flicked about a little like the tail of a horse that’s trying to decide what sort of mood it’s in tonight —Douglas Adams
  • The wind howls like a chained beast in pain —Delmore Schwartz
  • The wind howls like air inside a shell —Tracy Daugherty
  • The wind is like a dog that runs away —Wallace Stevens
  • The wind is like a hand on my forehead, in caress —John Hall Wheelock
  • Wind like a hungry coyote’s cry —Patricia Henley
  • Wind like a perfumed woman in heat —Clive Irving
  • The wind like a razor —Miles Gibson
  • The wind like a saw-edged knife —Paul J. Wellman
  • The wind [in autumn] moves like a cripple among the leaves —Wallace Stevens
  • The wind plunged like a hawk from the swollen clouds —Ellen Glasgow
  • (The gray winter) wind prowling like a hungry wolf just beyond the windows —George Garrett
  • The wind ran in the street like a thin dog —Katherine Mansfield
  • Wind ringing in their ears like well-known old songs —Hans Christian Andersen
  • The wind rose out of the depth below them, sounding as if it were pushing boulders uphill —Martin Cruz Smith
  • Wind … rustling the … child’s hair like grass —Marguerite Duras
  • The wind screamed like a huge, injured thing —Scott Spencer
  • Wind … surges into your ear like breath coming and going —Philip Levine
  • The wind swept the snow aside, ever faster and thicker, as if it were trying to catch up with something —Boris Pasternak
  • The wind whistled … like a pack of coyotes —Paige Mitchell
  • A wind will … knock like a rifle-butt against the door —Wallace Stevens

    The comparison appears in Stevens’ poem, The Auroras of Autumn. The full line from which the rifle-butt comparison is taken includes “A wind will spread its windy grandeurs round and …”


    Wind can be a noun or a verb.

    1. used as a noun

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