[ oh-ver-wahynd ]

verb (used with object),o·ver·wound, o·ver·wind·ing.
  1. to wind beyond the proper limit; wind too far: He must have overwound his watch.

Origin of overwind

First recorded in1675–85; over- + wind2

Words Nearby overwind

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How to use overwind in a sentence

  • The reason for this is that motion is conveyed to this hand through a hair spring which would be damaged if allowed to overwind.

    The Auburndale Watch Company | Edwin A. Battison

British Dictionary definitions for overwind


/ (ˌəʊvəˈwaɪnd) /

verb-winds, -winding or -wound
  1. (tr) to wind (a watch) beyond the proper limit

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