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overwind

[ oh-ver-wahynd ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈwaɪnd /
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verb (used with object), o·ver·wound, o·ver·wind·ing.

to wind beyond the proper limit; wind too far: He must have overwound his watch.

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Origin of overwind

First recorded in 1675–85; over- + wind2
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Example sentences from the Web for overwind

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

British Dictionary definitions for overwind

overwind
/ (ˌəʊvəˈwaɪnd) /

verb -winds, -winding or -wound

(tr) to wind (a watch) beyond the proper limit
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