adjective (of a timepiece)

kept wound or wound periodically by a mechanism, as an electric motor or a system of weighted levers, so that winding by hand is not necessary.

Origin of self-winding

First recorded in 1880–85 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • The young inventors put two and two together and created a ball that uses technology similar to a self-winding watch.

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British Dictionary definitions for self-winding



(of a wrist watch) having a mechanism, activated by the movements of the wearer, in which a rotating or oscillating weight rewinds the mainspring
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