second wind


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

second wind

A renewed energy after a period of fatigue. I planned to stop working at 9, but then I got my second wind and just kept going. I'm sorry, but if I don't get a second wind soon, I'm going to bed.
See also: second, wind

*one's second wind

 
1. Lit. one's stabilized breathing after exerting oneself for a short time. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) John was having a hard time running until he got his second wind. Bill had to quit the race because he never got his second wind.
2. Fig. one's greater or renewed energy and productivity, gained at some time after starting. (*Typically: get ~; have ~.) I usually get my second wind early in the afternoon. Mary is a better worker after she has her second wind.
See also: second, wind

second wind

Restored energy or strength, enabling one to continue an activity or task. For example, I wasn't sure how far they'd get in a week, but now they seem to have gotten their second wind and are making good progress painting the mural . This expression, dating from the late 1800s, was at first (and still is) used for returned ease in breathing after becoming out of breath during physical exertion such as running. It soon began to be applied to nonphysical efforts as well.
See also: second, wind

a second wind

If you get a second wind when you are tired or unsuccessful, you suddenly feel energetic or determined again and can continue and succeed in what you are doing. I was weary and my legs were feeling heavy. Then, suddenly, midway through the fourth set, I got a second wind. On the way back to the house, I found a second wind and decided to go and visit Charlie. Note: If runners who are out of breath get their `second wind', their breathing becomes easier and they are able to continue.
See also: second, wind
References in periodicals archive ?
Headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts, Second Wind says its Triton Sonic Wind Profiler "reinvents" sodar (sonic detection and ranging) technology for wind assessment by capturing accurate wind data up to 200 meters, in any weather, at any location, without being attended or requiring any expert analysis.
If he can successfully navigate this period of adjustment, he'll gain his "second wind" and make a comeback.
The Second Wind IH uses all sizes of threaded and nonthreaded
"The Second Wind" solidifies Sarinana's rep as a filmmaker who knows how to please the Mexican middle class with recognizable characters and situations -- basically neurotic urban dwellers with work and love problems.
The second wind should be faster than the first as it sets the rhythm for the turn.
Straight Ahead features a cool version of Wes Montgomery's Bumping on Sunset and the best track on Second Wind has to be the self-indulgent Freedom Jazz Dance.
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build a second wind farm off the coast of West Kirby have moved a step closer after a major sea exercise showed it would not pose a significant risk to shipping.
Second Wind, who scored at 22-1 last run on home soil, produced the goods again and went off a big 6-1 for the second heat.
The first thing I thought about was my second wind of the day, which is usually right after I wake up.
Branch: Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man.
HSH Nordbank has provided project finance for the second wind farm in Finland.
Celebrity triathletes Matteo Guidicelli and Drew Arellano both clocked 4:02:44 to wound up 16th (20-24) and 43rd (30-34), respectively; corporate training manager Redg Plopinio finished in 4:39:06 for 47th place (30-34); and Second Wind running store owner Hector Yuzon placed 48th (30-34) in 4:46:21.
ISLAMABAD, February 13, 2011 (Balochistan Times): The second wind energy pilot project has been made operational on last Friday evening by installing indigenized turbine at Daman-i-Koh, the highest point of the Capital.
The 10-11 shot looked assured of victory when leading two furlongs out under Kieren Fallon, but edged right in the closing stages and was hard driven to hold Second Wind by a neck.
PUNTERS can rely on Second Wind to blow his rivals away in the Tote Lady In Red Stakes at Bath tomorrow.