(of a sailing ship) unable to sail because of extreme or contrary winds.
- ‘Sometimes, when we were windbound, the fo'c'stle was scrubbed as white as a hound's tooth.’
- ‘I was windbound on the lengthy sweep of a beach at Lumsden for six days due to strong, gusting, offshore winds.’
- ‘Planning for extra food and windbound days is especially important in the outer exposed islands such as Outer Island and Devil's Island.’
- ‘The entire loop can be covered by the average paddler in six to eight days, but allow a few extra days for possibly being windbound.’
- ‘Even though the weather was cold and wet, and we were windbound for six days, we were more than rewarded by Nunavut's bounty.’