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windup

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noun wind·up \ ˈwīnd-ˌəp \

Definition of windup

1 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)

Examples of windup in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of windup

1665


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windup

adjective

Definition of windup

:operated by a spring mechanism wound by hand

Examples of windup in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of windup

1784


wind up

verb

Definition of wind 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 wind up in a Sentence

  1. try to wind up the performance, as we're almost out of time

  2. her speeches usually wind up with one last joke

First Known Use of wind up

1583

wind up Synonyms


WINDUP Defined for English Language Learners

windup

play
noun

Definition of windup for English Language Learners

  • : 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


windup

adjective

Definition of windup for English Language Learners

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


WINDUP Defined for Kids

windup

play
noun wind·up \ ˈwīnd-ˌəp \

Definition of windup for Students

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

Law Dictionary

wind up

transitive verb

legal Definition of wind up

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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