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winding Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of winding or twisting
    twist; wind.
    • he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind
  2. verb to move or cause to move in a sinuous, spiral, or circular course
    wander; meander; thread; wind; weave.
    • the river winds through the hills
    • the path meanders through the vineyards
    • sometimes, the gout wanders through the entire body
  3. verb extend in curves and turns
    twist; curve; wind.
    • The road winds around the lake
    • the path twisted through the forest
  4. verb arrange or or coil around
    wrap; twine; roll; wind.
    • roll your hair around your finger
    • Twine the thread around the spool
    • She wrapped her arms around the child
  5. verb catch the scent of; get wind of
    scent; nose; wind.
    • The dog nosed out the drugs
  6. verb coil the spring of (some mechanical device) by turning a stem
    wind up; wind.
    • wind your watch
  7. verb form into a wreath
    wreathe; wind.
  8. verb raise or haul up with or as if with mechanical help
    lift; hoist; wind.
    • hoist the bicycle onto the roof of the car
  9. adjective satellite marked by repeated turns and bends
    twisty; tortuous; twisting; voluminous.
    • a tortuous road up the mountain
    • winding roads are full of surprises
    • had to steer the car down a twisty track
  10. adjective satellite of a path e.g.
    wandering; rambling; meandering.
    • meandering streams
    • rambling forest paths
    • the river followed its wandering course
    • a winding country road

Wind"ing noun
From Wind to blow.
  1. (Naut.) A call by the boatswain's whistle.
Wind"ing adjective
From Wind to twist.
  1. Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous. Keble.
Wind"ing noun
  1. A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream.
    To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove. Milton.
    2. A line- or ribbon-shaped material (as wire, string, or bandaging) wound around an object; as, the windings (conducting wires) wound around the armature of an electric motor or generator.

Webster 1913