- a symmetrically laid, electrically conducting current path in any device.
- the manner of such coiling: a series winding.
Origin of winding
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of wind1
Synonyms for wind
verb (used without object), wound or (Rare) wind·ed [wahyn-did] /ˌwaɪn dɪd/; wind·ing.
verb (used with object), wound or (Rare) wind·ed [wahyn-did] /ˌwaɪn dɪd/; wind·ing.
- to lessen in intensity so as to bring or come to a gradual end: The war is winding down.
- to calm down; relax: He's too excited tonight to wind down and sleep.
- to bring to a state of great tension; excite (usually used in the past participle): He was all wound up before the game.
- to bring or come to an end; conclude: to wind up a sales campaign.
- to settle or arrange in order to conclude: to wind up one's affairs.
- to become ultimately: to wind up as a country schoolteacher.
- Baseball.(of a pitcher) to execute a windup.
Origin of wind2
verb (used with object), wind·ed or wound, wind·ing.
Origin of wind3
Related Words for windingcurving, meandering, crooked, tortuous, sinuous, convoluted, labyrinthine, circuitous, serpentine, twisting, spiraling, involved, roundabout, zigzag, ambiguous, devious, indirect, intricate, snaky, anfractuous
Examples from the Web for winding
Contemporary Examples of winding
One of its few concessions to the luxurious standards of the neighbors is a long, winding road.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Check out Le Marais, one of the oldest quarters of the city, where gay-friendly establishments line the winding cobbled lanes.The Ultimate LGBT Travel Bucket List
December 12, 2014
Bulbous columns, winding staircases, and whimsical bas-reliefs of mythical creatures wrap around the palace.The Postman Who Built a Palace in France…by Hand
November 20, 2014
But now time is winding down, and he appears more willing to take risks.Obama Outlines His Post-Presidency
August 9, 2014
Foreign tourists would often hike up the winding road and camp out in the ruins.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of winding
Upon the axle of the winding pulley there is a break pulley, p.
It was to the girl as if the fragrance were twining and winding about her and impelling her like leashes.Quaint Courtships
We resumed our burden now, and made our way with it down the winding path to the bottom.In the Valley
He walks through the long, winding passages and into room after room.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
So they turned into the winding trail, and rode into the camp.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- a wind instrument or wind instruments considered collectively
- (often plural)the musicians who play wind instruments in an orchestra
- (modifier)of, relating to, or composed of wind instrumentsa wind ensemble
- the part of a vessel's hull below the water line that is exposed by rolling or by wave action
- any point particularly susceptible to attack or injury
- to come near the limits of danger or indecency
- to live frugally or manage one's affairs economically
- to detect the scent of
- to pursue (quarry) by following its scent
Word Origin for wind
verb winds, winding or wound
Word Origin for wind
verb winds, winding, winded or wound
Word Origin for wind
"air in motion," Old English wind, from Proto-Germanic *wendas (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch wind, Old Norse vindr, Old High German wind, German Wind, Gothic winds), from PIE *we-nt-o- "blowing," from root *we- "to blow" (cf. Sanskrit va-, Greek aemi-, Gothic waian, Old English wawan, Old High German wajan, German wehen, Old Church Slavonic vejati "to blow;" Sanskrit vatah, Avestan vata-, Hittite huwantis, Latin ventus, Old Church Slavonic vetru, Lithuanian vejas "wind;" Lithuanian vetra "tempest, storm;" Old Irish feth "air;" Welsh gwynt, Breton gwent "wind").
Normal pronunciation evolution made this word rhyme with kind and rind (Donne rhymes it with mind), but it shifted to a short vowel 18c., probably from influence of windy, where the short vowel is natural. A sad loss for poets, who now must rhyme it only with sinned and a handful of weak words. Symbolic of emptiness and vanity since late 13c.
I have forgot much, Cynara! gone with the wind. [Ernest Dowson, 1896]
Meaning "breath" is attested from late Old English; especially "breath in speaking" (early 14c.), so long-winded, also "easy or regular breathing" (early 14c.), hence second wind in the figurative sense (by 1830), an image from the sport of hunting.
Figurative phrase which way the wind blows for "the current state of affairs" is suggested from c.1400. To get wind of "receive information about" is by 1809, perhaps inspired by French avoir le vent de. To take the wind out of (one's) sails in the figurative sense (by 1883) is an image from sailing, where a ship without wind can make no progress. Wind-chill index is recorded from 1939. Wind energy from 1976. Wind vane from 1725.
"move by turning and twisting," Old English windan "to turn, twist, wind" (class III strong verb; past tense wand, past participle wunden), from Proto-Germanic *wendanan (cf. Old Saxon windan, Old Norse vinda, Old Frisian winda, Dutch winden, Old High German wintan, German winden, Gothic windan "to wind"), from PIE *wendh- "to turn, wind, weave" (cf. Latin viere "twist, plait, weave," vincire "bind;" Lithuanian vyti "twist, wind").
Related to wend, which is its causative form, and to wander. Wind down "come to a conclusion" is recorded from 1952; wind up "come to a conclusion" is from 1825. Winding sheet "shroud of a corpse" is attested from early 15c.
"to perceive by scent, get wind of," early 15c., from wind (n.1). Of horns, etc., "make sound by blowing through," from 1580s. Meaning "tire, put out of breath; render temporarily breathless by a blow or punch" is from 1811, originally in pugilism. Related: Winded; winding.
"an act of winding round," 1825, from wind (v.1) . Earlier, "an apparatus for winding," late 14c., in which use perhaps from a North Sea Germanic word, e.g. Middle Dutch, Middle Low German winde "windlass."
In addition to the idioms beginning with wind
- wind down
- wind up
- before the wind
- break wind
- get wind of
- gone with the wind
- ill wind
- in the wind
- like greased lightning (the wind)
- sail close to the wind
- second wind
- something in the wind
- straw in the wind
- take the wind out of one's sails
- three sheets to the wind
- throw caution to the winds
- twist in the wind
- way the wind blows