Welcome to my A to Z Blogging Challenge Posts.
This month I’ve challenged myself to not only do 26 blog posts in 30 days based on One Word Writing Prompts, but also to try to link them together into some kind of cohesive whole. I’d love to hear how you think I’m doing. If you want to start the story from the beginning, check out the Angel post from April 1.
Today’s One Word Writing Prompt:
The definitions are from the Oxford English Dictionary via their on-line access (which I have through my University employer). Feel free to skip down to the story segment if you don’t share my fascination with words, definitions, and shades of meaning.
The literal sense, in various applications.
Air in motion; a state of movement in the air; a current of air, of any degree of force perceptible to the senses, occurring naturally in the atmosphere, usually parallel to the surface of the ground.
a. In general or collective sense.
b. In particularized use (see also 2).
c. A symbolical representation of the wind. (Cf. French têtes de vents.)
d. fig. (sometimes = ‘rage’): cf. whirlwind n. 2.
2. a. With specific reference to the direction from which it blows; usually qualified by the name of a point of the compass, or in pl. by a numeral, esp. four (hence sometimes transf. = points of the compass, directions).
b. Mah-jong. Any of the four compass-positions about the wall of tiles taken up by a player; the player who occupies this place. Also, any of sixteen tiles (four of each sort) representing one of the four winds used in the game.
3. a. In reference to navigation, as the means of propulsion of a sailing vessel.
b. Naut. in various expressions referring to the direction or position of the wind in relation to the ship: hence also allusively.
4. As conveying scent, esp. the scent of a person or animal in hunting, etc.: in various phr., lit. and fig.
5. In alliterative conjunction with weather: most freq., now always, wind and weather; formerly also weather and wind, also with the, or with one or both ns. in pl.
6. As a thing devoid of sense or perception, or that is unaffected by what one does to it: in phrases usually expressing futile action or effort, as to beat the wind (see beat v.1 1c), to speak to the wind, to spit against (or into) the wind.
7. In comparisons, as a type of violence or fury (†phr.wroth as (the) wind), swiftness, freedom or unrestrainable character, mutability or fickleness, lightness or emptiness (cf. 15).
Transferred senses. (See also 1c, 2)
†8. a. Air in general, as a substance or ‘element’. Obs. exc. as in 8b.
b. wind and water. (a) in phr. between (or betwixt) wind and water (Naut.), referring to that part of a ship’s side which is sometimes above water and sometimes submerged, in which part a shot is peculiarly dangerous; hence in fig. phr. expressing serious injury or attack. (b) attrib. and comb., as wind and water line, the part of a ship’s side between wind and water; also transf. (see quot. 1876); †wind and water tight adj., proof against wind and rain or flood.
9. Compressed or confined air; air that inflates or is contained within some body. Now rare (and superseded by air) exc. as in 10. (With quot. 1676 cf. windage n. 1.)
10. a. ‘Air’ or gas in the stomach or intestines (or, according to early notions, in other parts of the body); flatus. †Also pl.
b. to get the wind up (slang): to get into a state of alarm or ‘funk’. So to put the wind up (a person).
11. a. Air inhaled and exhaled by the lungs: = breath n. 3 Obs. exc. as coloured by 11d below.
b. Breath as used in speaking; hence transf. speech, talk (esp. in such phr. as to waste one’s wind). Obs. or arch. (exc. as implied in long-winded adj. 2a).
c. Breathing as a vital process; hence transf. life: = breathn. 5. So to slip one’s wind, to die. Obs. exc. in low slang.
d. (a) Easy or regular breathing; power or capacity of breathing; condition with regard to respiration: = breath n. 7. Now only in sporting phrases.
(b) in reference to diseased or disordered breathing in horses: see broken wind n.
e. transf. (Pugilistic slang). That part of the body in front of the stomach a blow upon which takes away the breath by checking the action of the diaphragm.
12. a. Air as used for ‘blowing’ or sounding a musical instrument ( wind-instrument) such as a horn, trumpet, flute, etc., or an organ pipe: either (a) the blast or stream of air thus used, furnished by the breath of the player or by bellows; (b) the supply of air from which this is obtained, usually under compression (cf. 9), as in the wind-chest of an organ; or (c) the body of air within the instrument, whose vibration produces the sound.
b. transf. The wind instruments of an orchestra (or their players) collectively, as distinguished from the ‘strings’ and ‘percussion’. Also pl., wind instruments.
13. A blast of air artificially produced, e.g. by bellows (see also 12); the rush of air caused by a rapidly moving body. Const. of.
14. The solar wind (see solar adj.), or a similar stream of particles emanating uniformly from any other star.
III. Figurative and allusive uses. (See also 1d, 3b, 4, 8a, 8b, 10b, and phrases in IV.)
15. Applied to something empty, vain, trifling, or unsubstantial.
a. Empty talk, vain or ineffectual speech, mere ‘breath’ (cf. 11b); †occas. empty fame (obs.).
b. Vain imagination or conceit (with which one is ‘puffed up’: cf. 9); also wind in the head (with allusion to 10).
16. a. In various proverbial and other expressions, figuring or denoting a force, agency, or influence that drives or carries one (or something) along, or that strikes upon one (or something), or to which one (or something) is exposed. Also freq. in formula wind(s) of… Cf. sense 1c below.
(b) in unfavourable sense. Also fig. ( wind of doctrine: in allusion to Eph. iv. 14).
b. In expressions referring to a tendency, turn, or condition of affairs:
c. spec. in phr. wind (also winds) of change.
17. a. to get or take wind: to be revealed or divulged, become known, transpire. Now rare.
b. to get wind of: to receive information or a hint of, to come to know (cf. 4). Also with clause. Hence, in recent use, wind = a hint or slight intimation (of). (Cf. French avoir le vent de, Cotgrave.)
c. to sniff the wind: to try the atmosphere; to examine the prevailing state of affairs before taking action (cf. sense 4).
1. An apparatus for winding (see wind v.1 19), a winch or windlass. Obs. exc. dial.
†2. A twining plant, e.g. convolvulus. Obs.
3. An act or instance of winding; curved or twisted form; techn. bend or twist (cf. wind v.1 5b), esp. in phr. out of wind, not twisted.
†1. intr. Used to express various kinds of rapid or forcible motion, as of water flowing, missiles flying through the air, sparks flying upwards, and the like; hence gen. to pass. Also with about, adown, away. Obs.
†2. a. Of living things: To go on one’s way, take oneself; to proceed, go. Also fig. Obs.
b. refl. in same sense; also fig. Obs.
c. intr. Of a way: To ‘go’ somewhere. Obs.
a. To wield (a weapon, an implement). Obs. or dial.
†b. To haul, hoist, lift. Obs.
4. intr. To turn this way and that; to writhe, wriggle. Obs. exc. dial.
5. †a. trans. To put into a curved or twisted form or state; to bend; to twist; to wring. Obs.
b. intr. To take or have a bent form; now only dial. or techn. of a board, door, etc., to be twisted.
6. a. refl. = 7a, 2b arch.
b. trans. To turn; to cause to move in a curve. Also absol.arch.
7. a. intr. To move in a curve; to turn, esp. in a specified direction. Obs. exc. as implied in 2b, 2c.
b. To move along in a sinuous course; to go or travel along, up, down, etc. a path or road which turns this way and that.
c. transf. Of a line, road, or the like: To have a curved (esp. a sinuous) course; to lie or extend in a curve or succession of curves. †Formerly also of an object: To have a curved or sinuous form.
d. with advb. acc., or trans. with obj. (one’s or its) way, etc.
e. trans. To traverse in a curved or sinuous course; also transf. of a path, as in c. arch.
a. intr. Of a ship: To turn in some direction; e.g. to swing round when at anchor; to lie with her head towards a particular point of the compass (esp. in phr. how wind you?, how does the ship wind?).
b. trans. To turn (a vessel) about (about v.1) or in some particular direction. See also 19b(b), to wind up 7 at Phrasal verbs
9. trans. and intr. In the management of horses in the yoke: To turn to the left, or towards the driver: opp. to hapv.4, hup vb. at hup >int. Derivatives. Sc.
†10. To draw or pull out with a twisting movement. Also intr. Obs.
11. a. In immaterial sense: To turn or deflect in a certain direction; esp. to turn or lead (a person) according to one’s will; also to turn and wind (see turn v. 64b). Now rare or Obs.
†b. To draw, bring, or involve (a person) in, attract into, by alluring or enticing methods. Obs.
†c. To bring (a thing) in by insinuating methods. Obs.
†d. With out: To draw out, extricate, disentangle. Obs.
†e. To circulate, put in circulation (money or merchandise): usually in phr. turn and wind. Obs.
12. intr. (also †refl., and with it.) To pursue a devious, circuitous, or intricate course in argument, statement, or conduct; (†esp. with about adv. or prep.) to use circumlocution or subtle terms of argument (arch.).
†13. intr. and refl.
a. With out: To extricate or disentangle oneself from a state of confinement or embarrassment. Obs.
b. With in, into: To insinuate oneself.
14. a. trans. To turn or pass (something) around something else so as to encircle or enclose it and be in contact with it; to twine, twist, fold, or wrap (something) about, round, or upon something else.
b. fig.: esp. in phr. to wind (a person, etc.) round one’s (little) finger (see to wind (a person) round one’s finger at finger n. Phrases 4i, to wind (a person) round one’s little finger at little finger n. Phrases 1).
15. a. To put (thread, tape, or the like) in coils or convolutions around something, as a reel, or upon itself (either by passing the thread, etc. round and round, or by turning the reel or other object round and round), so as to form it into a compact mass (hank, skein, ball, etc.). (Also in fig. phrases: cf. pirn n.1 1b.) Also with from or off, to undo the coils of (thread, etc.) by rotating the object on which they are wound; to unwind. (See also wind up at sense 20b.)
†b. To roll or fold up. Obs.
16. a. To encircle with or enclose in something passed round and in contact; †to wrap up; †to embrace, enfold in the arms; now, in ordinary prose use, only of binding a thing round with tape, wire, or the like.
b. (a) spec. To wrap (a corpse) in a shroud or winding-sheet; to shroud. Obs. exc. dial.
†(b) nonce-use. To carry out in a winding-sheet.
c. Chiefly in pa. pple. and fig.: To involve, entangle; †occas. to wrap up (in fair words).
17. intr. To turn so as to encircle and lie in contact with something else; to twist or coil itself, or be or become twisted or coiled, about, around, or upon something. So to wind off, to become uncoiled from something, to unwind.
a. (a) To form or construct by twining or plaiting; to plait, wreathe, weave. Obs.
†(b) spec. To make or repair (a wall) with ‘windings’ (see winding n.1 10). Obs.
b. To twine or plait together, to intertwine; fig. to associate. Obs.
19. To haul or hoist by turning a winch, windlass, or the like, around which a rope or chain is passed.
b. Naut. †(a) To hoist (sail); (b) to move or warp (the ship), by hauling, as on a capstan or windlass. Also absol. or intr. (Cf. 8) See also to wind up 7 at Phrasal verbs.
c. Mining. To hoist (coal, etc.) to the surface by means of a winding-engine.
†a. To tighten the strings of a musical instrument by turning the pins or pegs around which they are passed. (With the pins or the strings as obj.) See also to wind up 5 at Phrasal verbs (b). Obs.
b. To set (a watch, clock, or other mechanism) in order for going by turning an axis with a key or similar device so as to coil the spring tighter or draw up the weights.
c. fig. To exalt or ‘screw up’ to a certain pitch. Now with up (see to wind up 6 at Phrasal verbs).
From wind n.1 I.
1. a. trans. To get the wind of (wind n.1 4); to perceive (an animal, a person, or thing) by the scent conveyed by the wind.
b. intr. Of an animal: To sniff in order to scent or on scenting something.
c. fig. (trans.) To perceive by some subtle indication; to get wind of, to smell or nose out.
From wind n.1 II.
2. a. trans. To expose to the wind or air; to dry by such exposure, to air.
b. intr. To ‘take wind’, become tainted by exposure to air; trans. to taint by such exposure. dial.
3. a. trans. To sound by forcing the breath through, to blow (a wind-instrument, esp. a horn).
b. To blow (a blast, call, or note) on a horn, etc.
c. absol. or intr. To blow a blast on a wind-instrument.
d. trans. To supply (an organ pipe) with wind at a particular pressure.
†4. trans. To blow (a fire, etc.). Obs. rare.
5. To deprive of ‘wind’ or breath, put out of breath, ‘blow’, ‘puff’.
6. To cause (a baby) to bring up wind after feeding; to ‘burp’.
To winnow. Chiefly in winding n.3
Today’s Story Segment:
Uriel stood motionless for a long moment as he waited for a sign that the demon was indeed vanquished. The effect on the physical plane when a demon was destroyed or banished was always different. It did not relate to the type of demon it had been or who or what vanquished it from the earthly realm, but there was always a physical reaction to it passing from the world.
The light of Uriel’s sword slowly faded back to its normal level as he waited to see what would happen.
The ground around the demon began to bubble and melt. This was definitely a sign of its passing back to its proper realm, so Uriel took three quick steps away from the defeated creature.
The floor continued to eat away at itself until it had consumed the demon’s form, which began to sink into the black sludge the floor had become.
That’s when the portal opened.
Uriel sprang into the air, his wings beating furiously as he raced to the stairs. He let go of his sword, letting it return to its sheath so that he had both hands to reach out for the railing. He missed on his first attempt, the wind created from the portal too powerful for him to fight against with his wings alone. He reached one foot down, pushing off against what remained of the floor and managed to catch hold of the edge of the railing.
He dug in with his nails, thankful that it was wooden. It gave him just enough grip to stretch up to grasp the railing firmly with his other hand.
Uriel glanced back to find the entire floor had turned into the black bubbling liquid. The demon was being returned to its realm to be trapped within the black glass from which it had escaped.
Uriel began to pull himself up by the railing, his wings still beating furiously to counteract as much of the swirling wind created by the portal as he possibly could. It still took all his strength to keep climbing upward. He needed to be higher.
The sound of splintering wood was barely audible above the rushing of air past him, but it was just enough of a sound for Uriel to look up in concern.
The door came flying at him and he had to let go with one hand to avoid being hit directly. The door glanced off his shoulder, tearing his shirt, imbedding something in his shoulder, and leaving deep splinters in its path down his arm.
“Uriel!” Someone yelled from above.
“Hang on!” Uriel shouted as loud as he could. “You can’t let the wind take you.”
Uriel looked up again to see Savino clinging to the door way with one hand, and his other wrapped around Rosario’s wrist as he hovered in the air, suspended between his brother and the rushing wind trying to drag him down with the demon.
Uriel reached up once more, fighting to drag himself further along the railing. His shoulder screamed, and he could feel the blood beginning to soak into his shirt, but he fought to reach Rosario before Savino lost his grip.
Rosario had his free hand wrapped around his brother’s wrist now, which gave Uriel the precious moments he needed to get within reach of Rosario.
Not wanting to leave anything to chance, Uriel tightened his grip on the railing with his right hand and reached out for Rosario with his left, managing to get a grip around the man’s ankle.
“Rosario!” Savino yelled as they lost their grip on one another.
Uriel roared with the pain as his wounded shoulder took Rosario’s weight.