winding

noun
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

winding

adjective

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

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 McGruder’s winding road included being traded last season by the Pistons to the Denver Nuggets, seeing that deal voided when Bol Bol failed his Detroit physical, and then McGruder returning to close out the season with the Pistons. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 6 Aug. 2022 Batgirl has traveled a winding road up to this point. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 Aug. 2022 The winding staircase is outlined with wrought-iron railings, and dark mahogany details are visible on the floors, walls and ceilings. oregonlive, 3 July 2022 The duo will meticulously repair the hotel’s original Gothic-byzantine façade, grand winding staircase and interior elements such as Venetian flooring, chandeliers and furniture that all highlight the hotel’s rich past. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 June 2022 After a winding road, the star, who formed production company 3Pas Studios in 2014 to start developing his own projects, has had quite the year to remember. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 June 2022 Jacobellis led the four-woman final from the start, her blond hair spilling out of her helmet as the riders spent 90 seconds navigating the winding course of banked corners, washing-board rollers and big jumps. New York Times, 9 Feb. 2022 Chase Elliott raced to a short and slippery victory Sunday as rain spoiled the end of NASCAR’s debut at the Circuit of the Americas, where drivers struggled to navigate the winding course in the first rain race in Cup Series history. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 28 June 2021 Unemployment also inched down again despite the winding down of a job-support program in September. Isabel Coles, WSJ, 19 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The road to Being Frenshe was somewhat winding, but here’s the short version: In 2016, Tisdale was set to launch Illuminate, a makeup line in collaboration with BH Cosmetics, and join the company as CEO. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 18 July 2022 The entrance is off a little winding road between 26th Street and Sauk Trail that’s surrounded nearly entirely by forest preserve property. Paul Eisenberg, chicagotribune.com, 10 Apr. 2022 The travel life cycle is long and winding — from booking, to day-of logistics, to the return home — and consumers encounter decisions every step of the way. James Freeze, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 To keep just their second red-zone drive alive, the Ravens had needed a winding third-and-3 scramble from Jackson that gained 12 yards but must have covered 40. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Hall’s arraignment on Wednesday arose from an abrupt confrontation at the end of a winding, low-speed pursuit more than two years ago, during which several officers followed Arboleda through the affluent suburb of Danville. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 Hall’s arraignment on Wednesday arose from an abrupt confrontation at the end of a winding, low-speed pursuit more than two years ago, during which several officers followed Arboleda through the affluent suburb of Danville. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 Hall’s arraignment on Wednesday arose from an abrupt confrontation at the end of a winding, low-speed pursuit more than two years ago, during which several officers followed Arboleda through the affluent suburb of Danville. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 Aug. 2021 After a long and winding drive into a no-cell-service zone, you’ll be greeted by the property’s team (ideally along with one of their pet dogs). Brooke Ely Danielson, Vogue, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of winding

Noun

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

Adjective

1530, in the meaning defined above

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13 Aug 2022

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“Winding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/winding. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for winding

winding

adjective
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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