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.

Nearby words

  1. overweigh,
  2. overweight,
  3. overwhelm,
  4. overwhelmed,
  5. overwhelming,
  6. overwinter,
  7. overwintering,
  8. overwire,
  9. overwise,
  10. overwithhold

Origin of overwind

First recorded in 1675–85; over- + wind2

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Examples from the Web for overwound

  • Snores and the occasional violent whizz of an overwound toy were all that broke the stillness.

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British Dictionary definitions for overwound

overwind

/ (ˌəʊvəˈwaɪnd) /

verb -winds, -winding or -wound

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