[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.
  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.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for rewound

Historical Examples of rewound

  • She took the ball from him, and remained standing while she rewound.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins

  • He mopped his brow off, and rewound the handkerchief about his sore hand.

    Tom Slade at Black Lake

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • I had rewound his fishing-rod with orange silk, and had revarnished it, as a surprise for his home-coming to Castle Crags.

    An American Idyll

    Cornelia Stratton Parker

  • When it was written, Ursula unwound the gray ball to a considerable depth, pinned the note on it, and rewound the yarn over it.

    The Golden Road

    Lucy Maud Montgomery

  • Assume also that the circuit regulations required that this spool should be rewound so as to have a resistance of, say 1,000 ohms.

British Dictionary definitions for rewound


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



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