[ self-wahyn-ding ]

adjective(of a timepiece)
  1. 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

Words Nearby self-winding Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use self-winding in a sentence

  • 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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  • "It must be one of those self-winding stock farms," put in the School-master, scornfully.

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British Dictionary definitions for self-winding


  1. (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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