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wind•up /ˈwaɪndˌʌp/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the conclusion of an action or activity.
  2. Sport[Baseball.]the circular movement of a pitcher's arm before throwing the ball.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. made to function by winding an inside spring or the like:windup toys.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
wind•up  (wīndup′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the conclusion of any action, activity, etc.;
    the end or close.
  2. a final act or part.
  3. Sport[Baseball.]the preparatory movements of the arm before pitching a ball. Cf.  stretch (def. 22).
  4. Informal Termsa mechanical object, as a toy or wristwatch, that is driven by a spring or similar mechanism that must be wound.
  5. an act or instance of winding up. Also,  wind-up.′ 
  • noun, nominal use of verb, verbal phrase wind up 1565–75

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
wind1 /n. wɪnd, Literary waɪnd; v. wɪnd/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Meteorologyair in natural motion, esp. strong motion: [countable]high winds.[uncountable]occasional gusts of wind.
  2. Music and Dancewinds, [plural]
    • wind instruments.
    • players of such instruments.
  3. breath or breathing:[uncountable]He had to stop running and catch his wind.
  4. a hint:[uncountable]They caught wind of a scandal.
  5. empty talk;
    mere words:[uncountable]His speech was a lot of wind.
  6. [uncountable] gas generated in the stomach and intestines.

v. [+ object]
  1. to make short of breath:[usually passive]He was winded after the long race.
  1. Idiomshow or  which way the wind blows or  lies, what the tendency or likely direction of events will be:Don't take sides in the argument just yet; let's wait and see which way the wind blows.
  2. Idiomsin the wind, about to occur or happen:Change is very definitely in the wind.
  3. Idiomstake the wind out of one's sails, to destroy one's confidence or self-assurance.

wind2 /waɪnd/USA pronunciation   v.,  wound /waʊnd/USA pronunciation  or (Rare) wind•ed /ˌwaɪndɪd/USA pronunciation  ;
wind•ing, n. 

  1. to have or take a curving or twisting course or direction;
    meander: [no object]The road winds a bit and then straightens out.[+ object]He wound his way down the path.
  2. to wrap, coil, or twine around (something):[+ object]winding thread on a spool.
  3. to tighten the spring of:[+ object]She wound the clock.
  4. wind down, [no object]
    • to bring or come to a gradual end:After a busy week the conference began to wind down.
    • to calm down;
      relax:You need a vacation in order to wind down.
  5. wind up: 
    • to (cause to) come to an end or conclusion: [no object]The meeting wound up at about 4:30.[+  object +  up]Let's wind this meeting up.
    • [no object] to arrive in a place or situation as a result of a course of action:to wind up in jail.
    • to make tense or nervous;
      excite: [+ up + object]All the excitement wound up the kids.[+ object + up]wound them up so much (that) they couldn't sleep.

n. [countable]
  1. a single turn, twist, or bend.
wind•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
wind1  (n. wind, Literary wīnd;v. wind),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Meteorologyair in natural motion, as that moving horizontally at any velocity along the earth's surface:A gentle wind blew through the valley. High winds were forecast.
  2. Meteorologya gale;
  3. any stream of air, as that produced by a bellows or fan.
  4. Music and Danceair that is blown or forced to produce a musical sound in singing or playing an instrument.
  5. Music and DanceSee  wind instrument. 
  6. Music and Dancewind instruments collectively.
  7. Music and Dancethe winds, the members of an orchestra or band who play the wind instruments.
  8. breath or breathing:to catch one's wind.
  9. the power of breathing freely, as during continued exertion.
  10. any influential force or trend:strong winds of public opinion.
  11. a hint or intimation:to catch wind of a stock split.
  12. air carrying an animal's odor or scent.
  13. AstronomySee  solar wind. 
  14. empty talk;
    mere words.
  15. vanity;
  16. gas generated in the stomach and intestines.
  17. Sport[Boxing Slang.]the pit of the stomach where a blow may cause a temporary shortness of breath;
    solar plexus.
  18. Geographyany direction of the compass.
  19. a state of unconcern, recklessness, or abandon:to throw all caution to the winds.
  20. between wind and water: 
    • Nautical(of a ship) at or near the water line.
    • in a vulnerable or precarious spot:In her profession one is always between wind and water.
  21. break wind, to expel gas from the stomach and bowels through the anus.
  22. how the wind blows or  lies, what the tendency or probability is:Try to find out how the wind blows.Also,  which way the wind blows. 
  23. Nauticalin the teeth of the wind, sailing directly into the wind;
    against the wind. Also,  in the eye of the wind, in the wind's eye. 
  24. in the wind, about to occur;
    impending:There's good news in the wind.
  25. off the wind: 
    • away from the wind;
      with the wind at one's back.
    • Nautical(of a sailing vessel) headed into the wind with sails shaking or aback.
  26. Naval Termson the wind, as close as possible to the wind. Also,  on a wind. 
  27. sail close to the wind: 
    • NauticalAlso,  sail close on a wind. to sail as nearly as possible in the direction from which the wind is blowing.
    • to practice economy in the management of one's affairs.
    • to verge on a breach of propriety or decency.
    • to escape (punishment, detection, etc.) by a narrow margin;
      take a risk.
  28. take the wind out of one's sails, to surprise someone, esp. with unpleasant news;
    flabbergast:She took the wind out of his sails when she announced she was marrying someone else.

  1. to expose to wind or air.
  2. to follow by the scent.
  3. to make short of wind or breath, as by vigorous exercise.
  4. to let recover breath, as by resting after exertion.

  1. to catch the scent or odor of game.
  • bef. 900; Middle English (noun, nominal), Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Wind, Old Norse vindr, Gothic winds, Latin ventus
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Wind, air, zephyr, breeze, blast, gust refer to a quantity of air set in motion naturally.
      Wind applies to any such air in motion, blowing with whatever degree of gentleness or violence.
      Air, usually poetical, applies to a very gentle motion of the air.
      Zephyr, also poetical, refers to an air characterized by its soft, mild quality. A
      breeze is usually a cool, light wind.
      Blast and
      gust apply to quick, forceful winds of short duration;
      blast implies a violent rush of air, often a cold one, whereas a
      gust is little more than a flurry.
    • 16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged flatulence.

wind2  (wīnd),USA pronunciation v.,  wound  or (Rare) wind•ed (wīn′did);USA pronunciation  wind•ing;

  1. to change direction;
    take a frequently bending course;
    meander:The river winds through the forest.
  2. to have a circular or spiral course or direction.
  3. to coil or twine about something:The ivy winds around the house.
  4. to proceed circuitously or indirectly.
  5. to undergo winding or winding up.
  6. to be twisted or warped, as a board.

  1. to encircle or wreathe, as with something twined, wrapped, or placed about.
  2. to roll or coil (thread, string, etc.) into a ball, on a spool, or the like (often fol. by up).
  3. to remove or take off by unwinding (usually fol. by off or from):She wound the thread off the bobbin.
  4. to twine, fold, wrap, or place about something.
  5. to make (a mechanism) operational by tightening the mainspring with a key (often fol. by up):to wind a clock; to wind up a toy.
  6. to haul or hoist by means of a winch, windlass, or the like (often fol. by up).
  7. to make (one's or its way) in a bending or curving course:The stream winds its way through the woods.
  8. to make (one's or its way) by indirect, stealthy, or devious procedure:to wind one's way into another's confidence.
  9. wind down: 
    • 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.
  10. wind up: 
    • 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.
    • Sport[Baseball.](of a pitcher) to execute a windup.

  1. the act of winding.
  2. a single turn, twist, or bend of something wound:If you give it another wind, you'll break the mainspring.
  3. a twist producing an uneven surface.
  4. out of wind, (of boards, plasterwork, etc.) flat and true.
  • bef. 900; Middle English winden, Old English windan; cognate with Dutch, German winden, Old Norse vinda, Gothic -windan; akin to wend, wander

wind3  (wīnd, wind),USA pronunciation v.t.,  wind•ed  or wound, wind•ing. 
  1. to blow (a horn, a blast, etc.).
  2. to sound by blowing.
  3. to signal or direct by blasts of the horn or the like.
  • 1375–1425; late Middle English; special use of wind1

  • West Indian.
  • Also,  W.Ind. 

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    wind up /waɪnd/ vb (adverb)
    1. to bring to or reach a conclusion: he wound up the proceedings
    2. (transitive) to tighten the spring of (a clockwork mechanism)
    3. (tr; usually passive) informal to make nervous, tense, etc; excite: he was all wound up before the big fight
    4. (transitive) to roll (thread, etc) into a ball
    5. an informal word for liquidate
    6. (intransitive) informal to end up (in a specified state): you'll wind up without any teeth
    7. (tr; usually passive) to involve; entangle: they were wound up in three different scandals
    8. (transitive) to hoist or haul up
    9. (transitive) Brit slang to tease (someone)
    n wind-up
    1. the act of concluding
    2. the finish; end
    3. Brit slang an act or instance of teasing: she just thinks it's a big wind-up

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