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.
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
- Breeze [after a very hot day] … as torrid as the air from an oven —Ellen Glasgow
- The breeze flowed down on me, passing like a light hand —Louise Erdrich
- The breeze … sent little waves curling like lazy whips along the shingle [of a house] —John Fowles
- A breeze which came like a breath —Paul Horgan
- A draft … struck through his drenched clothes like ice cold needles —Cornell Woolrich
- A gathering wind sent the willows tossing like a jungle of buggy whips —William Styron
- High wind … like invisible icicles —Rebecca West
- Level winds as flat as ribbons —M. J. Farrell
- A northeaster roared down on us like a herd of drunken whales —T. Coraghessan Boyle
- A northeast wind which cut like a thousand razors —Frank Swinnerton
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