wind·ing | \ˈwīn-diŋ \

Definition of winding 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : material (such as wire) wound or coiled about an object (such as an armature) also : a single turn of the wound material

2a : the act of one that winds

b : the manner of winding something

3 : a curved or sinuous course, line, or progress



Definition of winding (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for winding

Synonyms: Adjective

bending, crazy, crooked, curled, curling, curved, curving, curvy, devious, serpentine, sinuous, tortuous, twisted, twisting, windy

Antonyms: Adjective

straight, straightaway

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Examples of winding in a Sentence


a long and winding path through the woods a winding staircase leads to the top of the lighthouse

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Blue Lady, Moss Beach Distillery The winding, wooded drive to this former speakeasy and allegedly haunted restaurant sets the mood for cozy imbibing. Jeanne Cooper,, "Where to watch the sunset with a cocktail around Half Moon Bay," 11 July 2018 The Ethics Committee findings complete a winding, six-year saga in which the New Jersey senator was accused of corrupt dealings to benefit a political donor, Melgen, only to see his prosecution end in a mistrial in November after 10 weeks in court. Mike Debonis,, "Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is 'severely admonished' by Ethics Committee," 26 Apr. 2018 Guests can also kayak on the Cumberland River, hike the winding trails or rent a cabin. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky's 7 best parks and recreation areas that you have to explore," 29 June 2018 Past a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, there's a winding staircase and formal dining area. Jack Flemming,, "Former home of rocker Tom Petty freefalls into the Encino market post-makeover," 24 May 2018 Pique, whose primary duty of the evening was presumably to tighten things up at the back following his introduction, found himself in possession inside the Granotas half before enjoying one of his typical winding but clumsy-looking runs., "Levante 5-4 Barcelona: Barca's Unbeaten Season Spectacularly Ended in Nine-Goal Thriller," 13 May 2018 The air in the winding, low-lit corridors seems to be thick, holding onto memory like a smell. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 But for a player more than familiar with the NBA's winding road, with playing stops with six NBA franchises over a 13-year career, all opportunities are embraced. Ira Winderman,, "Anthony Carter still scrapping for Heat, this time in coach mode," 13 July 2018 David Sills, West Virginia Sills averaged about a touchdown grab for every three receptions in 2017, which is as good a number as any to describe his winding road from can’t-miss quarterback prospect to preseason All-America lock. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "College football's best wide receivers for 2018," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

All Roads North’s Journey Guides map out every superlative crook in the long and winding road, as well as driving times and lore about locales along the way. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018 Their long and winding journey north through dangerous territory puts both of them through changes, not unexpectedly. Chris Ball,, "'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: In Concert,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 2 May 2018 Peter Schmuck, columnist: The long and winding road the Ravens took to their first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft finally led to South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst with the 25th pick., "Instant analysis of Ravens first-round pick, TE Hayden Hurst of South Carolina," 27 Apr. 2018 How the state reached this point is a complicated and winding path. Allie Morris, San Antonio Express-News, "Top court to take up racial question in Texas redistricting case," 22 Apr. 2018 The dogs puzzle out the boy’s mission, and work to assist him on his long and winding road to Spot. Gary Thompson,, "'Isle of Dogs': A Wes Anderson movie fur the whole family," 27 Mar. 2018 One, a winding (but not too winding) road, ideally much of it two-lane. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "Road trip along Sierra Nevada’s Feather River," 16 Mar. 2018 Those last four words are a reminder to Lenik, who is in his first major-league spring-training camp after a long and winding road in baseball. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Royals' Kevin Lenik once signed autographs after being hit in face by a line drive | The Kansas City Star," 12 Mar. 2018 One of them even borrows from the concept that Greendale was built on 80 years ago — that is to have winding paths that lead to everything a family needs. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Come on China and Egypt, Greendale's St. Alphonsus School 'engineers' are ready for you," 24 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of winding


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


1530, in the meaning defined above

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wind·ing | \ˈwīn-diŋ \

Kids Definition of winding

1 : having a course made up of a series of twists and turns a winding path

2 : having a curved or spiral form a winding staircase

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