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zeph·yr

 (zĕf′ər)
n.
1. The west wind.
2. A gentle breeze.
3. Any of various soft light fabrics, yarns, or garments, especially a lightweight, checked gingham fabric.
4. Something that is airy, insubstantial, or passing.

[Middle English Zephirus, Zephyrus, from Latin Zephyrus, from Greek Zephuros.]

zephyr

(ˈzɛfə)
n
1. (Physical Geography) a soft or gentle breeze
2. (Textiles) any of several delicate soft yarns, fabrics, or garments, usually of wool
[C16: from Latin zephyrus, from Greek zephuros the west wind; probably related to Greek zophos darkness, west]

zeph•yr

(ˈzɛf ər)

n.
1. a gentle, mild breeze.
2. (often cap.) Literary. the west wind.
3. any of various things of fine, light quality, as fabric or yarn.
[before 1000; Middle English zeferus, zephirus, Old English zefferus < Latin zephyrus < Greek zéphyros]
syn: See wind1.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zephyr - a slight wind (usually refreshing)zephyr - a slight wind (usually refreshing); "the breeze was cooled by the lake"; "as he waited he could feel the air on his neck"
sea breeze - a cooling breeze from the sea (during the daytime)
breath - a slight movement of the air; "there wasn't a breath of air in the room"
light air - wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 on the Beaufort scale
light breeze - wind moving 4-7 knots; 2 on the Beaufort scale
gentle breeze - wind moving 8-12 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale
moderate breeze - wind moving 13-18 knots; 4 on the Beaufort scale
fresh breeze - wind moving 19-24 knots; 5 on the Beaufort scale
strong breeze - wind moving 25-31 knots; 6 on the Beaufort scale
air current, current of air, wind - air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure; "trees bent under the fierce winds"; "when there is no wind, row"; "the radioactivity was being swept upwards by the air current and out into the atmosphere"
2.zephyr - (Greek mythology) the Greek god of the west windZephyr - (Greek mythology) the Greek god of the west wind
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks

zephyr

noun
1. A gentle wind:
2. A natural movement or current of air:
Archaic: gale.
Translations
zefýr
Zefyros
zefírZephürosz

zephyr

[ˈzefəʳ] Ncéfiro m

zephyr

n (poet)Zephir m (poet), → Zephyr m (poet)

zephyr

[ˈzɛfəʳ] n (liter) → zefiro
References in classic literature ?
Euroclydon, nevertheless, is a mighty pleasant zephyr to any one in-doors, with his feet on the hob quietly toasting for bed.
There was not even a zephyr stirring; the dead noonday heat had even stilled the songs of the birds; nature lay in a trance that was broken by no sound but the occasional far-off hammering of a wood- pecker, and this seemed to render the pervading silence and sense of loneliness the more profound.
Under a tuft of shade that on a green Stood whispering soft, by a fresh Fountain side They sat them down, and after no more toil Of thir sweet Gardning labour then suffic'd To recommend coole ZEPHYR, and made ease More easie, wholsom thirst and appetite More grateful, to thir Supper Fruits they fell, Nectarine Fruits which the compliant boughes Yeilded them, side-long as they sat recline On the soft downie Bank damaskt with flours: The savourie pulp they chew, and in the rinde Still as they thirsted scoop the brimming stream; Nor gentle purpose, nor endearing smiles Wanted, nor youthful dalliance as beseems Fair couple, linkt in happie nuptial League, Alone as they.
A delicious zephyr played along the coasts of the Mediterranean, and wafted from shore to shore the sweet perfume of plants, mingled with the fresh smell of the sea.
I will bind up your poor little leg, and Zephyr shall rock you to sleep.
Excuse me my Sophia for having thus unwillingly offended you--" replied I--and then changing the conversation, desired her to admire the noble Grandeur of the Elms which sheltered us from the Eastern Zephyr.
When he had effected this proper restitution, "Now," said he to himself, "let us inhale much maternal air, much freedom from cares, much health, let us allow the horse Zephyr, whose flanks puff as if he had to respire an atmosphere to breathe, and let us be very ingenious in our little calculations.
With what excessive fragrance the zephyr comes Laden from yonder bowers
The hurricane is suceeeded by a zephyr of amiable surprise.
Now he worked at skinning the six pigs and his eyes and his fingers worked as though there was naught else in all the world than these six carcasses; but his ears and his nose were as busily engaged elsewhere--the former ranging the forest all about and the latter assaying each passing zephyr.
But at that time let me have a shady rock and wine of Biblis, a clot of curds and milk of drained goats with the flesh of an heifer fed in the woods, that has never calved, and of firstling kids; then also let me drink bright wine, sitting in the shade, when my heart is satisfied with food, and so, turning my head to face the fresh Zephyr, from the everflowing spring which pours down unfouled thrice pour an offering of water, but make a fourth libation of wine.
I have spent many an hour, when I was younger, floating over its surface as the zephyr willed, having paddled my boat to the middle, and lying on my back across the seats, in a summer forenoon, dreaming awake, until I was aroused by the boat touching the sand, and I arose to see what shore my fates had impelled me to; days when idleness was the most attractive and productive industry.