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 This in turn compresses and relaxes a winding spring, moving in virtual perpetuity. Pierre Tardif, WSJ, 3 June 2021 Next week, a big one, Sung Kang is here to talk Fast Six in the long winding road upon. Derek Lawrence,, 28 May 2021 Initially set in the Antebellum South, The Underground Railroad follows the winding, heart-pounding journey of a young Black woman named Cora (Thuso Mbedu) through the United States via the literal railroad. Ineye Komonibo,, 25 May 2021 On the state's winding, often unpaved roads, even a short trip can take hours, and during the monsoon season many become impassable. Eric Bellman, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2021 The incident happened about 7 a.m. Pacific time near the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, a coastal Los Angeles suburb, on a twisting and winding stretch where the speed limit is 45 m.p.h. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2021 The watch is once again equipped with Jacob & Co.’s JCAM37 manual winding movement that comprises some 578 components. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 May 2021 Visitors who don’t want that climb can motor in and out to the edge of the water on a one-car winding road. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 1 May 2021 Now the winding ridges that make up the capital bristle with buildings like a little Hong Kong in the middle of a jungle. Eric Bellman, WSJ, 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The road to customer acquisition can be long and winding. Nicky Senyard, Forbes, 20 May 2021 The drive along Highland Valley Road takes you on a pretty winding route past wineries (worth a stop before or after) through the Santa Maria Valley. Los Angeles Times, 16 Apr. 2021 The nearest grocery store to Janice Dunning is in Thomasville, about a 10-mile drive along a narrow and winding and sometimes dangerous two-lane U.S. 43 from her Dixon Mills home. al, 14 Mar. 2021 His production has contributed to a breakout run in his winding professional path — from three years with the Lakers, to one with the Pelicans to now two with the Knicks — and has added another level of intrigue for a couple of upcoming games. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 7 Mar. 2021 The upper plateau and vista terraces will have a winding pathway with seating, exercise and picnic areas, a playground, native and interpretive gardens and a prominent veterans memorial art element. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 The path to Pollard’s early release was a bit winding, however. Victoria Bekiempis, Vulture, 23 Feb. 2021 It’s a winding, mysterious and challenging story that will bring you hours and hours of laughs and adventure. Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, 22 Sep. 2020 Residents of the area told CBS that the road the family was driving on, Latrobe Road, is known to be a particularly winding and stressful stretch. Ashley Boucher,, 30 July 2020

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Winding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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