windup

noun
wind·​up | \ ˈwīnd-ˌəp How to pronounce windup (audio) \

Definition of windup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the act of bringing to an end
b : a concluding act or part : finish
2a : 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

adjective

Definition of windup (Entry 2 of 3)

: operated by a spring mechanism wound by hand

wind up

verb
wound up also winded up; winding up; winds up

Definition of wind up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a conclusion : end
2a : 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

1a : 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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 In 1910, a bomb constructed of sticks of dynamite and a cheap windup clock exploded in an alley next to The Times’ facility in downtown Los Angeles. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "Los Angeles Times reaches historic agreement with its newsroom union," 16 Oct. 2019 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. CBS News, "Don Larsen, the only pitcher to ever throw a no-hitter in World Series history, has died at age 90," 1 Jan. 2020 Aster handles the windup shrewdly with a persuasive realism, a deliberate pace and crepuscular lighting. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Midsommar’ Review: Building a Horror Møusetrap With Swedish Bait," 2 July 2019 That’s a key stat against Greinke who is a better pitcher from the windup, with no runners on. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Houston Astros at Washington Nationals World Series Game 3 odds, picks and best bets," 25 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Italy's second biggest carrier after Alitalia said Tuesday that the decision to wind up the company was made at a meeting of its shareholders. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Air Italy stops flying and goes into liquidation," 11 Feb. 2020 The cover girl wound up selling on Wednesday for $21.2 million, establishing a new record for Lempicka. WSJ, "Outlier Artists Shine in London Auctions," 7 Feb. 2020 The Brookfield East product wound up in the NFL for six years with the Eagles and Bills, seeing action in 83 games. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These 11 Wisconsin high-school products went from walking on with the Badgers to lengthy NFL careers," 5 Feb. 2020 Caballeiro wound up pleading guilty and accepting probation on a single charge of grand theft. al, "Florida triple murder suspect found dead; baby still missing," 29 Jan. 2020 The Fuel had perhaps the toughest pull of any division, winding up in the Pacific West with the Los Angeles Valiant, Los Angeles Gladiators, San Francisco Shock and Vancouver Titans. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Five burning questions for the Dallas Fuel as the season approaches: How will they fare in stacked division?," 22 Jan. 2020 There is a chance that his team could wind up in the championship game Monday night against Skyline, which is on the opposite side of the bracket. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Cesar Chavez hoops moves on without star TyTy Washington, routs Tempe," 26 Dec. 2019 Choose your provider Providers: Restart Free Preview Expires in Sign In An Indiana man wound up behind bars after deputies responded to his accidental 911 call, investigators said. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Indiana man calls 911 by mistake, winds up behind bars," 16 Dec. 2019 The rankings this week set up a strong possibility that 10-2 Baylor could wind up in the (‘New Year’s Six’ bowls, likely the Cotton) ahead of 10-2 Alabama. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Gophers’ fall in ranking doesn’t alter bowl outlook but might mean Alabama matchup," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of windup

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

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The first known use of windup was in 1583

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Last Updated

21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Windup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windup. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for windup

windup

noun
How to pronounce wind up (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of windup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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
British, informal : something done or said in usually a joking way to make someone annoyed or upset

windup

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of windup (Entry 2 of 2)

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

windup

noun
wind·​up | \ ˈwīnd-ˌəp How to pronounce windup (audio) \

Kids Definition of windup

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

Legal Definition of wind 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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