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[verb ree-wahynd; noun ree-wahynd] /verb riˈwaɪnd; noun ˈriˌwaɪnd/
verb (used with or without object), rewound or (Rare) rewinded; rewinding.
to wind again.
to wind back to or toward the beginning; reverse.
an act or instance of rewinding.
  1. a function of an audio or video recorder or player, as a cassette deck or DVR, that returns the audio or video incrementally to an earlier point.
  2. the button or other control that activates this reversing function.
a camera control or mechanism used to wind film back into a film cassette.
Origin of rewind
First recorded in 1710-20; re- + wind2
Related forms
rewinder, noun Unabridged
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  • Rick kept the camera on them, shooting steadily, rewinding when necessary.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine
  • The inking is done by a ribbon, which travels automatically across the machine, winding and rewinding on and from spools.

  • By this remounting, or rewinding, the clock receives the same amount of driving force each minute.

  • The complete clock is shown in Fig. 31, the large weight which does the rewinding each minute being plainly visible.

  • rewinding the lariat, she fastened it to the saddle, then swung to the seat before he could step forward to aid her.

    A Daughter of the Dons William MacLeod Raine
  • Miss Dangerfield had picked up a spool of red tape and was unwinding it slowly in her fingers and rewinding it.

    The Little Brown Jug at Kildare Meredith Nicholson
  • rewinding is accomplished by giving the rewind order, move tape to load point, MLP.

  • It checked the spool, which rewound swiftly and silently, and stopped itself when the rewinding was finished.

    The Old Die Rich Horace Leonard Gold
  • The recipient, however, by rewinding the strip on a precisely similar form, would be able to read the message.

    In Jeopardy Van Tassel Sutphen
British Dictionary definitions for rewinding


verb (riːˈwaɪnd) -winds, -winding, -wound
(transitive) to wind back, esp a film or tape onto the original reel
noun (ˈriːˌwaɪnd; riːˈwaɪnd)
something rewound
the act of rewinding
Derived Forms
rewinder, noun
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Word Origin and History for rewinding



also re-wind, 1717, from re- "back, again" + wind (v.1). Noun meaning "mechanism for rewinding film or tape" is recorded from 1938. Related: Rewound; rewinding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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