windup

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noun

wind·​up ˈwīnd-ˌəp How to pronounce windup (audio)
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a
: the act of bringing to an end
b
: a concluding act or part : finish
2
a
: a series of regular and distinctive motions (such as swinging the arms) made by a pitcher preparatory to releasing a pitch
b
: an exaggerated backswing (as in tennis)

windup

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adjective

: operated by a spring mechanism wound by hand

wind up

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verb

wound up also winded up; winding up; winds up

transitive verb

1
: to bring to a conclusion : end
2
a
: to put in order for the purpose of bringing to an end
winds up the meeting
b
British : to effectuate the winding up of

intransitive verb

1
a
: to come to a conclusion
b
: to arrive in a place, situation, or condition at the end or as a result of a course of action
wound up as millionaires
2
: to make a pitching windup

Examples of windup in a Sentence

Noun the windup of the negotiations He went into the windup, then threw the pitch. a pitcher with an unusual windup Her brother's act was just a wind-up to get her angry. Adjective She has an old windup record player in her attic. Verb try to wind up the performance, as we're almost out of time her speeches usually wind up with one last joke See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Mueller used former Giants ace Tim Lincecum as an example of a windup that puts the pitcher’s body at risk. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 Clever as all that is, the windup has problems, as is true for many new shows finding their final shape. Jesse Green, New York Times, 22 Oct. 2023 Into his windup and the two-one pitch to Kuenn: swung on and missed, strike two. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 Koufax, feet together, now to his windup and the one-two pitch: fastball outside, ball two. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 After a mound meeting with Heim, athletic trainer Matt Lucero, pitching coach Mike Maddux and Bochy, Scherzer attempted to take a warmup pitch, but stopped in mid windup. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2023 Music blasts through the speakers continuously, not stopping even for the pitcher’s windup. Emma Healy, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Aug. 2023 Anderson pitched free and easy out of the windup for most of his eight innings, striking out four and allowing just four hits and a walk on 94 pitches. Joe Noga, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2023 The number dips to 15 seconds with nobody on, and for those who don't begin their windup in time, an automatic ball will be assessed. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 25 Feb. 2023
Adjective
First captured in a painting in 1899, Nipper is the dog in the old RCA logo, the one listening to a windup cylinder phonograph. WIRED, 17 Nov. 2023 At the moment, though, Tom Cruise is running in a straight line down the middle of a long air-terminal rooftop, pumping his arms like a windup toy. Tom Gliatto, Peoplemag, 5 July 2023 Say goodbye to Rooster Teeth’s longstanding rebus-style logo of the rooster and the windup chattering teeth. Todd Spangler, Variety, 22 Mar. 2023 She is perched on a wooden chair on stage as the audience finds their seats, shuttled around like a slow-moving windup car on a child’s racetrack. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 10 Mar. 2023 The nickname of Dune’s younger brother, David, came from a windup grandfather clock in the house. John Kelly, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2022
Verb
Reacting against the shameful legacy of Germany’s past, Lena winds up flirting with a risky Antifa-like faction. Peter Debruge, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024 Eze, a carless village that winds up a mountainside, is nothing short of a fairytale. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 17 Feb. 2024 That’s how Republicans, in some of the most competitive Senate races in the country, wound up with nominees including Herschel Walker and Dr. Oz, who lost to weak Democratic candidates. The Editors, National Review, 15 Feb. 2024 Hopefully, nothing too macabre will wind up on menus. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 15 Feb. 2024 Things do not go smoothly, and Argento winds up in a for-profit maximum-security prison. Lou Fancher, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 The recipient may even wind up with a new blood group. Cody Cottier, Discover Magazine, 14 Feb. 2024 So the book’s central mystery doesn’t wind up in San Francisco, but halfway around the world and five years later, when a series of telegrams draws all the women to Paris to face an enemy one final time. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 Whereas Chiefs coach Andy Reid has won two Super Bowls and is destined to wind up in the Hall of Fame, the 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan is still looking for his first. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1784, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1583, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of windup was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Windup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windup. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

windup

1 of 3 noun
wind·​up ˈwīn-ˌdəp How to pronounce windup (audio)
1
a
: the act of bringing to an end
b
: a last act or part : finish
2
: a series of motions (as swinging the arms over the head) made by a pitcher prior to releasing a pitch

windup

2 of 3 adjective
: having a spring wound by hand
windup toys

wind up

3 of 3 verb
(ˈ)wīn-ˈdəp
1
: to bring or come to a conclusion : end
let's wind up the meeting quickly
2
: to arrive in a place, situation, or state
wound up losing the game
wound up as millionaires
3
: to make a windup in pitching a baseball

Legal Definition

wind up

transitive verb
wound up; winding up
: to bring to an end by taking care of unfinished business
ordered to wind up his practice
specifically : to conclude by removing liabilities and distributing any remaining assets to partners or shareholders
wind up the business and affairs of a corporation in dissolution
wind up a receivership

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