"Device used for measuring the velocity of the wind." -Comstock 1850

Anemometer

"Device used for measuring the velocity of the wind." -Comstock 1850

The liquid barometer is an instrument used in measuring atmospheric pressure. The liquid barometer uses a method of water rather than a dial with the aneroid barometer.

Liquid Barometer

The liquid barometer is an instrument used in measuring atmospheric pressure. The liquid barometer uses…

"The tempest howls, the winds tremendous blow, / Whate'er bends not will surely be laid low: / Ofttimes 'tis vain to stem the current tide, / And when it dashes on, then step aside; / Or meekly, reed-like, bending to the storm, / The traveler thus will save himself from harm: / The stubborn traveler braves the storm in vain, / Its fury lays him prostate on the plain."—Barber, 1857

Better Bend than Break

"The tempest howls, the winds tremendous blow, / Whate'er bends not will surely be laid low: / Ofttimes…

"Boreas loved the nymph Orithyia, and tried to play the lover's part, but met with poor success." —Bulfinch, 1897

Boreas and Orithyia

"Boreas loved the nymph Orithyia, and tried to play the lover's part, but met with poor success." —Bulfinch,…

An illustration of a Brigantine sailing ship.

Brigantine

An illustration of a Brigantine sailing ship.

A cartoon of a man being blown away by an electric fan.

Cartoon of Man Being Blown Away by Fan

A cartoon of a man being blown away by an electric fan.

This chair features a mechanical system that spins an idler gear while the user is rocking back and forth to propel a fan located above the users headrest

Automatic Fan for Rocking Chair

This chair features a mechanical system that spins an idler gear while the user is rocking back and…

An illustration of an Albert model clarinet. The Albert system refers to a system of clarinet keywork and fingering developed by Eugene Albert. In the United Kingdom it is known as the simple system. The Albert system is still used, mainly by clarinetists who perform Eastern European and Turkish folk music, Klezmer, and Dixieland styles. Often these musicians prefer the Albert system due to the ease of slurring notes provided by unkeyed tone holes

Clarinet (Albert Model)

An illustration of an Albert model clarinet. The Albert system refers to a system of clarinet keywork…

An illustration of an Boehm model clarinet. The Böhm system for the clarinet is a system of clarinet keywork, developed between 1839 and 1843 by Hyacinthe Klosé and Auguste Buffet jeune. The name is somewhat deceptive; the system was inspired by Theobald Boehm's system for the flute, but differs from it (necessarily, since the clarinet overblows at the twelfth rather than the flute's octave), and Boehm himself was not involved in its development.

Clarinet (Boehm Model)

An illustration of an Boehm model clarinet. The Böhm system for the clarinet is a system of clarinet…

The contrabassoon is a larger version of the bassoon sounding an octave lower. Its technique is similar to its smaller cousin, with a few notable differences. Compared to the bassoon the contrabassoon's reed is larger, the fingering is slightly different, and the instrument is twice as long.

Contrabassoon

The contrabassoon is a larger version of the bassoon sounding an octave lower. Its technique is similar…

An illustration of the front (right) and back (left) of the French contrabassoon.

French Contrabassoon

An illustration of the front (right) and back (left) of the French contrabassoon.

When used in a nautical sense, a cutter is a small single-masted vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with two or more headsails, a bowsprit, and a mast set further back than in a sloop.

Cutter

When used in a nautical sense, a cutter is a small single-masted vessel, fore-and-aft rigged, with two…

Girl with geese in the wind.

Girl

Girl with geese in the wind.

An illustration of a girl being blown by extremely strong winds and rain.

Girl Being Blown by Storm

An illustration of a girl being blown by extremely strong winds and rain.

The gunboats used in 1807 were wind-powered ships.

Gunboats in 1807

The gunboats used in 1807 were wind-powered ships.

"A pipe of this nature fitted with a piece of glass so as to exhibit the reed (which is a "free reed") is shown in [the illustration]. Q is the wind-chest of the bellows, into which P is fitted. In the right-hand figure the upper part of the pope is removed, so as to show the reed more clearly. A plate of metal c c, has a slit but in it, in which the tongue I may just past. By means of a curved wire, r, projecting above the top of the pipe, and the play of the tongue may be controlled and the pipe tuned. The conical pipe, H, placed at the top, serves to increase the power of the sound". -Benson, 1891

Reed

"A pipe of this nature fitted with a piece of glass so as to exhibit the reed (which is a "free reed")…

A sail is any type of surface intended to generate thrust by being placed in a wind. Sails are used in sailing.

Sails

A sail is any type of surface intended to generate thrust by being placed in a wind. Sails are used…

A certain portion of a sail between the top or bottom and a row of eyelet-holes running across the sail, one or more reefs being folded or rolled up to contract the sail in proportion to the increase of the wind.

Reef Sails

A certain portion of a sail between the top or bottom and a row of eyelet-holes running across the sail,…

"The screw may be considered as a winding wedge; for it has the same relation to a straight wedge that a road, winding up a hill or town, has to a straight road of the same length and activity." — Goodrich, 1844

Screw

"The screw may be considered as a winding wedge; for it has the same relation to a straight wedge that…

The serpent is a bass wind instrument, curved to somewhat resemble a wriggling serpent.

Serpent

The serpent is a bass wind instrument, curved to somewhat resemble a wriggling serpent.

An illustration of a wind powered ship docked.

Ship

An illustration of a wind powered ship docked.

Greek ship with its sail unfurled in the wind.

Greek ship

Greek ship with its sail unfurled in the wind.

"Canada Storm Signals. These signals, if displayed by day on lakes Superior, Erie, or Ontario, indicate: No. 1, a moderate gale is expected at first from an easterly direction; No. 2, a moderate gale, at first from an easterly direction; No. 4, a heavy gale, at first from a westerly direction. If displayed on Lake Huron or in Georgian Bay: No. 1, a moderate gale is expected at first from a southerly direction; No. 2, a moderate gale, at first from a northerly direction; No. 3, a heavy gale, at first from a southerly direction; No. 4, a heavy gale, at first from a northerly direction." -Whitney, 1911

Canadian Storm Signals

"Canada Storm Signals. These signals, if displayed by day on lakes Superior, Erie, or Ontario, indicate:…

Skidbladnir, a ship build by Dvalin the dwarf. "The first present was a magic ship, It was so small that it could be folded up and carried in the pocket when it was not needed. When the gods wished to use the ship, it would spread out large enough to carry them all. The most wonderful thing about the ship was that it made its own breezes." -Klugh, 1909

Skidbladner the Magic Ship

Skidbladnir, a ship build by Dvalin the dwarf. "The first present was a magic ship, It was so small…

"Method of winding magnet spool so that the two ends of the coil will come to the outside. This method has also been used for induction coils, where it is desirable to keep the ends of the wire away from the core and primary coil." — Hawkins, 1917

Magnetic spool

"Method of winding magnet spool so that the two ends of the coil will come to the outside. This method…

A cylinder of wood, plastic, cardboard, or other material on which wire, thread, or string is wound.

Rack Spool

A cylinder of wood, plastic, cardboard, or other material on which wire, thread, or string is wound.

The Tower of the Winds, also called horologion (timepiece), is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower on the Roman agora in Athens. The structure features a combination of sundials, a water clock and a wind vane. It was supposedly built by Andronicus of Cyrrhus around 50 BC, but according to other sources might have been constructed in the 2nd century BC before the rest of the forum.

Tower of the Winds

The Tower of the Winds, also called horologion (timepiece), is an octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower…

A tree, which has been blown over due to a rotten trunk

A tree, blown over

A tree, which has been blown over due to a rotten trunk

Weather vane used for telling the direction of the wind, pointing eastward.

Weather Vane

Weather vane used for telling the direction of the wind, pointing eastward.

A wooden whistle.

Whistle

A wooden whistle.

Girl in the wind

Wind

Girl in the wind

A windmill is a machine that is powered by the energy of the wind. It is designed to convert the energy of the wind into more useful forms using rotating blades or sails. The term also refers to the structure it is commonly built on. In much of Europe, windmills served originally to grind grain, though later applications included pumping water and, more recently, generation of electricity.

Windmill

A windmill is a machine that is powered by the energy of the wind. It is designed to convert the energy…

A windmill is a machine that is powered by the energy of the wind. It is designed to convert the energy of the wind into more useful forms using rotating blades or sails. The term also refers to the structure it is commonly built on. In much of Europe, windmills served originally to grind grain, though later applications included pumping water and, more recently, generation of electricity.

Windmill

A windmill is a machine that is powered by the energy of the wind. It is designed to convert the energy…

Fixed windmills, oriented to the prevailing wind were extensively used in the Cyclades islands of Greece. The economies of power and transport allowed the use of these 'offshore' mills for grinding grain transported from the mainland and flour returned. A 1/10th share of the flour was paid to the miller in return for his service. This type would mount triangular sails when in operation.

Fixed Axis Windmill

Fixed windmills, oriented to the prevailing wind were extensively used in the Cyclades islands of Greece.…