wind·​ing | \ ˈwīn-diŋ How to pronounce winding (audio) \

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

Antonyms: Adjective

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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 There’s a long, long trail a-winding…but most of it has no factual connection with the legendary merchant route it’s named for., "Marker at historic San Antonio hotel commemorates romance of cattle trail, if not the real thing," 4 July 2020 There is also a new winding pathway with bridges that span a waterfall from the gardens down the hill to the Butchertown Greenway, which runs along Beargrass Creek. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Do you miss travel? Here are 5 single-day outdoor excursions within an hour of Louisville," 3 July 2020 The law went into effect Jan. 1 after a winding and sometimes surprising route through a voter ballot process, the state legislature and a contentious amendment period culminating in a final version last fall. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, "California begins enforcing digital privacy law, despite calls for delay," 1 July 2020 Lost Hills is aptly named: On the winding, rugged stretch of Highway 128 between the Russian River Valley and the Anderson Valley, its 724 acres feel wild, with fast-whipping winds and steep slopes that rise to 2,200 feet. Esther Mobley,, "California winemakers bet on Mendocino County for Alpine-style wines," 1 July 2020 Canada’s Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes issued a lengthy ruling shooting down Meng’s arguments, thus allowing the winding extradition proceedings to move forward. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo accuses China of 'hostage-taking' to pressure Canada on Huawei," 1 July 2020 Stewart’s maternal grandfather was named MacGregor, which is the name given to the winding and scenic street located nearby. Michelle Matthews |, al, "Why this is one of the most beautiful streets in Alabama," 23 June 2020 The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home sits on a quarter-acre lot with winding pathways, gardens, a guesthouse and waterfall features. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Outpost Estates haunt of early Paramount star Wynne Gibson lists for sale," 5 June 2020 Within a year, a bunch of creditors, including ICICI Bank, moved the Bombay high court seeking winding up of SKNL. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A 180-year old cloth brand with a Bond and Bachchan connection shuts shop in India," 21 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On Tuesday afternoon, Fader joined Letourneau on the phone to discuss her winding career path, approach to storytelling, experiences with the Ball family and much, much more. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors Off Court: Mirin Fader on LaMelo Ball, the art of storytelling," 19 Dec. 2019 Check-in The long and winding road: Negotiations between General Motors and the United Auto Workers continued Monday, and the gulf between the two sides doesn’t seem to be narrowing, the Detroit News’ Ian Thibodeau reports. cleveland, "Trump’s trade war, General Motors strike are putting strain on the Midwestern economy: The Flyover," 8 Oct. 2019 Welts presided over a wild spending spree by Lacob and Guber, which Welts touched on during the interview, a look back at the long and winding road that led to Chase Center. Scott Ostler,, "The real story behind the birth of Chase Center: Warriors President Rick Welts tells all," 21 Sep. 2019 In Paintsville, Kentucky, where a winding creek snakes through the town of roughly 4,000 people, Value-Med Pharmacy and Medicine Cabinet Pharmacy purchased almost 20 million pills that contained oxycodone and hydrocodone from 2006 through 2012. Anchorage Daily News, "Just 15% of U.S. pharmacies distributed nearly half of prescription opioid pain pills," 12 Aug. 2019 Sanders’s ideology is the product of the winding circumstances of his long career, tracing an unlikely trajectory from radical New England gadfly to U.S. senator. Matthew Zeitlin, The New Republic, "Bernie’s Red Vermont," 13 June 2019 Elton John took a long and winding road to marital bliss with his current husband, David Furnish. Elena Nicolaou,, "18 Things You Didn't Know About Rocketman, But Need To," 5 June 2019 Waiting on citizenship Star Citizen continues down the long and winding road to (hopefully) becoming a real game people can play. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Walking Dead resurrected, Baldur's Gate 3 rumors, Into the Breach done quick," 12 Oct. 2018 Considered one of the oldest living rainforests in the world, the forest holds a special meaning for the aboriginal Kuku Yalanji people who help guide visitors through the winding paths among the towering trees and jewel-like tropical birds. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Why an Around-the-World Private Jet Trip is the Only Way to Fly," 17 Aug. 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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The first known use of winding was before the 12th century

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7 Jul 2020

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“Winding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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wind·​ing | \ ˈwīn-diŋ How to pronounce winding (audio) \

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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