from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A meteorological diagram depicting the distribution of wind direction and speed at a location over a period of time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A diagram in which the speed and direction of the winds at a particular location are represented by lines of varying thickness and length superimposed on a compass rose.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a table of the points of the compass, giving the states of the barometer, etc., connected with winds from the different directions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A table or diagram showing the relative frequency of winds blowing from the different points of the compass, or the relative amount of total wind-movement for each direction; also, a table or diagram showing the connection between the wind-direction and any other meteorological element: thus, a thermal wind-rose shows the average temperature prevailing with winds from different directions.
  • n. See rose and Rœmeria.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. weather map showing the frequency and strength of winds from different directions


Translation of German Windrose, compass card : Wind, wind, air + Rose, rose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • With the bright noonday the wind rose again, but now it was a soft west wind that scarcely stirred the trees upon the ridge; the room was flooded with sunshine chequered by the dancing of the leaves outside the window, and white clouds drifted across the sky like harp-strings whereon the wind played its gentle music.

    The Mother

  • Her question was al­most lost as the wind rose again and stirred the tree branches.

    Prayers To Broken Stones

  • During the night, however, the wind rose and Warrior yawed so much from side to side that Engadine, “bobbing about like a cork,” was forced to cast off the tow.

    Castles of Steel

  • Outside in the dark a bobwhite called and waited for an answer and then called again, and a small wind rose and there was a momentary rain that rattled the leaves and the roof shakes and then it stopped.

    Cold Mountain

  • Rowan stood and waited, leaning against the car and blinking as the dust-laden wind rose again.



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