from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A machine that runs on the energy generated by a wheel of adjustable blades or slats rotated by the wind.
- n. Something, such as a toy pinwheel, that is similar to a windmill in appearance or operation.
- transitive v. To move or cause to move like the wheel of a windmill; rotate sweepingly.
- idiom tilt at windmills To confront and engage in conflict with an imagined opponent or threat.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A machine which translates linear motion of wind to rotational motion by means of adjustable vanes called sails.
- n. The structure containing such machinery.
- n. A child's toy consisting of vanes mounted on a stick that rotate when blown by a person or by the wind.
- n. A dunk where the dunker swings his arm in a circular motion before throwing the ball through the hoop.
- n. A guitar move where the strumming hand mimics a turning windmill.
- n. The false shower.
- v. To rotate (itself) with a sweeping motion.
- v. Of a rotating part of a machine, to (become disengaged and) rotate freely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mill operated by the power of the wind, usually by the action of the wind upon oblique vanes or sails which radiate from a horizontal shaft.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mill or machine for grinding, pumping, or other purposes, moved by the wind; a wind-motor; any form of motor for utilizing the pressure of the wind as a motive power.
- n. A visionary scheme; a vain project; a fancy; a chimera.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. generator that extracts usable energy from winds
- n. a mill that is powered by the wind
Before he was six years old, he was once discovered at the top of his father's barn, fixing up what he called a windmill of his own construction, and at another time, while he was about the same age, he attended some men fixing a pump, and observing them cut off a piece of a bored part, he procured it, and actually made a pump, with which he raised water.
Note the big difference in how prominent the sound of the physically identical windmill is between the two?
The windmill is a machine for lifting water, turning wind power into dry land: trading energy for space, sixteenth-century style.
"The windmill is my trademark, ever since high school if I'm clear on a break."
There's another one we call the windmill technique.
The symbolic nature of the windmill is itself important - it suggests an empty concentration, a meaningless, unheroic effort, for the idea is literally misguided.
Rebuilt completely, the windmill is once again destroyed, this time by Frederick and his followers who try to retake Animal Farm, but are defeated, inflicting many casualties on both sides.
Half-finished, the windmill is suddenly destroyed, at the hands, so says Napoleon, of the traitor, Snowball.
He had declared himself against the windmill from the start.
He saw ahead of him the heavy labour of rebuilding the windmill from the foundations, and already in imagination he braced himself for the task.