[ verb ree-wahynd; noun ree-wahynd ]
/ verb riˈwaɪnd; noun ˈriˌwaɪnd /

verb (used with or without object), re·wound or (Rare) re·wind·ed; re·wind·ing.

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.

Nearby words

  1. rewarding,
  2. rewardingly,
  3. rewild,
  4. rewilding,
  5. rewin,
  6. rewire,
  7. reword,
  8. rework,
  9. reworked fossil,
  10. reworked wool

Origin of rewind

First recorded in 1710–20; re- + wind2

Related formsre·wind·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for rewinding


verb (riːˈwaɪnd) -winds, -winding or -wound

(tr) to wind back, esp a film or tape onto the original reel

noun (ˈriːˌwaɪnd, riːˈwaɪnd)

something rewound
the act of rewinding
Derived Formsrewinder, 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