winding

1 of 2

noun

wind·​ing ˈwīn-diŋ How to pronounce winding (audio)
1
: material (such as wire) wound or coiled about an object (such as an armature)
also : a single turn of the wound material
2
a
: the act of one that winds
b
: the manner of winding something
3
: a curved or sinuous course, line, or progress

winding

2 of 2

adjective

: marked by winding: such as
a
: having a curved or spiral course or form
a winding stairway
b
: having a course that winds
a winding road

Examples of winding in a Sentence

Adjective a long and winding path through the woods a winding staircase leads to the top of the lighthouse
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Up the stark-white winding staircase lined with a perky pink runner from textile designer Christine Van Der Hurd, the second floor features a high-ceilinged living room and a library with floor-to-ceiling windows lined with planters. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 15 May 2024 Bostonians often joke that the city's many winding, one-way streets were adapted from colonial-era cow paths—routes literally created by livestock—that long predate the automobile. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Apr. 2024 With the regular-season winding down, the Lakers are seeking home-court advantage for the play-in tournament. Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2024 The district of winding alleyways is known for picturesque teahouses, where geisha and their maiko apprentices, wearing fancy kimono and hair ornaments, perform in dance and music. Yuri Kageyama, Quartz, 8 Mar. 2024 The winding of the clock each year starts on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November, which will be on Nov. 3 this year. Brayden Garcia, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28 Feb. 2024 So Pearson chose the highway, a winding and occasionally bumpy one that would ultimately lead from his native British Columbia to a new home in Indianapolis. Hali Tauxe, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Jan. 2024 Cars without drivers have become a common sight on San Francisco’s winding, hilly and often foggy streets. Jeremy B. Merrill, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 It’s been a weird, winding road, but compared to the dozen or so messaging apps Google has tried over the years, this isn’t actually that bad. Richard Lawler, The Verge, 23 Feb. 2024
Adjective
On a recent Sunday evening, children played freely in Mondragón’s historic square and winding alleys. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 May 2024 Along the winding 105-mile drive – which is also the only road in the park – visitors can spot wildlife, such as deer or black bears, and take in sweeping vistas at one of its 75 overlooks. Kathleen Wong, USA TODAY, 11 May 2024 Because, for me, it's been a long and winding road. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 8 May 2024 Terence Martinez, executive director of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, shared how his winding career path led him from childhood aspirations of becoming a doctor to working in industry and then to his current role at IEEE. IEEE Spectrum, 4 Apr. 2024 When driving through the park, many roads are narrow and winding, so park officials recommend building extra time for travel. Emily Pennington, Southern Living, 6 Mar. 2024 It’s been a long and winding road to the altar for Young Sheldon's George and Mandy, but the pair are finally getting hitched! Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024 The long and winding road Michael Dell’s company began life in 1984 as PC’s Limited—selling computers, and that’s it. Michal Lev-Ram, Fortune, 25 Mar. 2024 Though there's no evidence that Jensen was involved with the famous winding road of Door County, he's often credited with the design, potentially designing it uniquely as a means of maximizing conservation in its construction. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1530, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of winding was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Winding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winding. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

winding

1 of 2 noun
wind·​ing ˈwīn-diŋ How to pronounce winding (audio)
1
: material (as wire) wound or coiled about an object
2
: a single turn of wound material

winding

2 of 2 adjective
: marked by winding: as
a
: having a noticeable curved or spiral form
a winding staircase
b
: having a course that winds
a winding road

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