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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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  • She took the ball from him, and remained standing while she rewound.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins
  • He mopped his brow off, and rewound the handkerchief about his sore hand.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • I had rewound his fishing-rod with orange silk, and had revarnished it, as a surprise for his home-coming to Castle Crags.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • When it was written, Ursula unwound the gray ball to a considerable depth, pinned the note on it, and rewound the yarn over it.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Assume also that the circuit regulations required that this spool should be rewound so as to have a resistance of, say 1,000 ohms.

  • The end of the thong should be rewound in the same direction as the upper part and held in place by the right hand.

  • We went out on to the verandah, and while I unpacked my kit Myra rewound her line, which had been drying on the pegs overnight.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • Ruth marveled at the skill of the man who rewound the wet line on the pegs of the frame that held it.

  • 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 film must be rewound upon the reel in such a manner that when threaded, the emulsion side will face the lamp.

British Dictionary definitions for rewound


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 rewound



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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