windbound [wind-bound] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. (of a sailing ship, sailboat, or the like) kept from sailing by a wind from the wrong direction or one of too high velocity.

Origin of windbound First recorded in 1580–90; wind1 + -bound1 Examples from the Web for windbound Historical Examples of windbound

  • On one occasion a collier brig had been windbound for several days in the Yarmouth roads.

    The Shellback’s Progress

    Walter Runciman

  • Windbound means when the ship is detained in one particular station by contrary winds.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction


  • The boats which were windbound eight days arrived this morning all safe and well.

    A History of Oregon, 1792-1849

    William Henry Gray

  • British Dictionary definitions for windbound windbound adjective

    1. (of a sailing vessel) prevented from sailing by an unfavourable wind

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