[ wahyn-ding ]
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  1. the act of a person or thing that winds.

  2. a bend, turn, or flexure.

  1. a coiling, folding, or wrapping, as of one thing about another.

  2. something that is wound or coiled, or a single round of it.

  3. Electricity.

    • a symmetrically laid, electrically conducting current path in any device.

    • the manner of such coiling: a series winding.

  1. bending or turning; sinuous.

  2. spiral, as stairs.

Origin of winding

before 1050; Middle English (noun), Old English windung (noun); see wind2, -ing1, -ing2

Other words from winding

  • wind·ing·ly, adverb
  • wind·ing·ness, noun

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

How to use winding in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for winding


/ (ˈwaɪndɪŋ) /

  1. a curving or sinuous course or movement

  2. anything that has been wound or wrapped around something

  1. a particular manner or style in which something has been wound

  2. a curve, bend, or complete turn in wound material, a road, etc

  3. (often plural) devious thoughts or behaviour: the tortuous windings of political argumentation

  4. one or more turns of wire forming a continuous coil through which an electric current can pass, as used in transformers, generators, etc

  5. another name for wind 2 (def. 14)

  6. a coil of tubing in certain brass instruments, esp the French horn

  1. curving; sinuous: a winding road

Derived forms of winding

  • windingly, adverb

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