noun wind·up \ˈwīnd-ˌəp\

: the things that are done at the end of something (such as an event or process) : the final part of something

baseball : the movements that a pitcher makes before the ball is thrown

wind-up : something done or said in usually a joking way to make someone annoyed or upset

Full Definition of WINDUP

a :  the act of bringing to an end
b :  a concluding act or part :  finish
a :  a series of regular and distinctive motions (as swinging the arms) made by a pitcher preparatory to releasing a pitch
b :  an exaggerated backswing (as in tennis)

Examples of WINDUP

  1. the windup of the negotiations
  2. He went into the windup, then threw the pitch.
  3. a pitcher with an unusual windup
  4. Her brother's act was just a wind-up to get her angry.

First Known Use of WINDUP


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: having a motor that is given power when someone turns a handle

Full Definition of WINDUP

:  operated by a spring mechanism wound by hand

Examples of WINDUP

  1. She has an old windup record player in her attic.

First Known Use of WINDUP

WINDUP Defined for Kids


noun wind·up \ˈwīnd-ˌəp\

Definition of WINDUP for Kids

:  the last part of something :  finish
:  a swing of a baseball pitcher's arm before the pitch is thrown


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