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NOUN (1)

1. the act of winding or twisting;
- Example: "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind"
[syn: wind, winding, twist]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. marked by repeated turns and bends;
- Example: "a tortuous road up the mountain"
- Example: "winding roads are full of surprises"
- Example: "had to steer the car down a twisty track"
[syn: tortuous, twisting, twisty, winding, voluminous]

2. of a path e.g.;
- Example: "meandering streams"
- Example: "rambling forest paths"
- Example: "the river followed its wandering course"
- Example: "a winding country road"
[syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a), winding]

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8 definitions retrieved:

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wound (wound) (rarely Winded); p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] [OE. winden, AS. windan; akin to OS. windan, D. & G. winden, OHG. wintan, Icel. & Sw. vinda, Dan. vinde, Goth. windan (in comp.). Cf. Wander, Wend.] [1913 Webster] 1. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe; as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball. [1913 Webster] Whether to wind The woodbine round this arbor. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle. [1913 Webster] Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern. "To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus." --Shak. [1913 Webster] In his terms so he would him wind. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please And wind all other witnesses. --Herrick. [1913 Webster] Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure. --Addison. [1913 Webster] 4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate. [1913 Webster] You have contrived . . . to wind Yourself into a power tyrannical. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in such things into discourse. --Gov. of Tongue. [1913 Webster] 5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine. [1913 Webster] To wind off, to unwind; to uncoil. To wind out, to extricate. [Obs.] --Clarendon. To wind up. (a) To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of thread; to coil completely. (b) To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up one's affairs; to wind up an argument. (c) To put in a state of renewed or continued motion, as a clock, a watch, etc., by winding the spring, or that which carries the weight; hence, to prepare for continued movement or action; to put in order anew. "Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years." --Dryden. "Thus they wound up his temper to a pitch." --Atterbury. (d) To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so as to tune it. "Wind up the slackened strings of thy lute." --Waller. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wind \Wind\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] [1913 Webster] 1. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate. [1913 Webster] 2. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as, the hounds winded the game. [1913 Webster] 3. (a) To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath. (b) To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe. [1913 Webster] To wind a ship (Naut.), to turn it end for end, so that the wind strikes it on the opposite side. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wind \Wind\, v. t. [From Wind, moving air, but confused in sense and in conjugation with wind to turn.] [imp. & p. p. Wound (wound), R. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes. "Hunters who wound their horns." --Pennant. [1913 Webster] Ye vigorous swains, while youth ferments your blood, . . . Wind the shrill horn. --Pope. [1913 Webster] That blast was winded by the king. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Winding \Wind"ing\, n. [From Wind to blow.] (Naut.) A call by the boatswain's whistle. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Winding \Wind"ing\, a. [From Wind to twist.] Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Winding \Wind"ing\, n. 1. A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream. [1913 Webster] To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. The material, as wire or rope, wound or coiled about anything, or a single round or turn of the material; as (Elec.), a series winding, or one in which the armature coil, the field-magnet coil, and the external circuit form a continuous conductor; a shunt winding, or one of such a character that the armature current is divided, a portion of the current being led around the field-magnet coils. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] [1913 Webster] Winding engine, an engine employed in mining to draw up buckets from a deep pit; a hoisting engine. Winding sheet, a sheet in which a corpse is wound or wrapped. Winding tackle (Naut.), a tackle consisting of a fixed triple block, and a double or triple movable block, used for hoisting heavy articles in or out of a vessel. --Totten. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

winding adj 1: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had to steer the car down a twisty track" [syn: tortuous, twisting, twisty, winding, voluminous] 2: of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a), winding] n 1: the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: wind, winding, twist]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

91 Moby Thesaurus words for "winding": aberrant, aberrative, ambages, ambagious, anfractuosity, anfractuous, bending, circuitous, circuitousness, circumambages, circumbendibus, circumlocution, circumlocutory, circumvolution, convoluted, convolution, convolutional, crinkle, crinkling, crooked, curving, departing, desultory, deviant, deviating, deviative, deviatory, devious, digressive, discursive, errant, erratic, excursive, flexuose, flexuosity, flexuous, flexuousness, indirect, intorsion, involute, involuted, involution, involutional, labyrinthine, mazy, meander, meandering, meandrous, out-of-the-way, planetary, rambling, rivose, rivulation, rivulose, roundabout, roving, ruffled, serpentine, shifting, sinuate, sinuation, sinuose, sinuosity, sinuous, sinuousness, slinkiness, snakiness, snaky, stray, swerving, torsion, torsional, tortile, tortility, tortuosity, tortuous, tortuousness, turning, twisting, twisty, undirected, undulation, vagrant, veering, wandering, wave, waving, whorled, wreathlike, wreathy, zigzag