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[verb ree-wahynd; noun ree-wahynd]
verb (used with or without object), re·wound or (Rare) re·wind·ed; re·wind·ing.
  1. to wind again.
  2. to wind back to or toward the beginning; reverse.
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  1. an act or instance of rewinding.
  2. Recording.
    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.
  3. a camera control or mechanism used to wind film back into a film cassette.
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Origin of rewind

First recorded in 1710–20; re- + wind2
Related formsre·wind·er, noun
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Related Words for rewinding

reverse, undo, backtrack, retract, retreat, upend, invert, cancel, invalidate, dismantle

Examples from the Web for rewinding

Contemporary Examples of rewinding

Historical Examples of rewinding

  • Rick kept the camera on them, shooting steadily, rewinding when necessary.

    Smugglers' Reef

    John Blaine

  • The inking is done by a ribbon, which travels automatically across the machine, winding and rewinding on and from spools.

  • The complete clock is shown in Fig. 31, the large weight which does the rewinding each minute being plainly visible.

  • By this remounting, or rewinding, the clock receives the same amount of driving force each minute.

  • Rewinding the lariat, she fastened it to the saddle, then swung to the seat before he could step forward to aid her.

    A Daughter of the Dons

    William MacLeod Raine

British Dictionary definitions for rewinding


verb (riːˈwaɪnd) -winds, -winding or -wound
  1. (tr) to wind back, esp a film or tape onto the original reel
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noun (ˈriːˌwaɪnd, riːˈwaɪnd)
  1. something rewound
  2. the act of rewinding
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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.

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