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 And health care workers who have already been vaccinated once will need their necessary second doses in the next two or three weeks, part of a winding process that isn't likely to make a dent in case numbers for several months. Jessica Williams | Staff Writer,, "Louisiana to get 79K doses of Moderna coronavirus vaccine this week, state officials say," 20 Dec. 2020 The Judiciary Committee then filed a lawsuit in August 2019 seeking to enforce the subpoena, but a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ordered the case to be tossed out on technical grounds in late August, the latest decision in the winding fight. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "House Democrats plan to push for McGahn testimony next year, lawyers say," 17 Dec. 2020 The latest report reflected the winding-down of a separate stopgap program authorized by President Donald Trump in August. Reade Pickert,, "U.S. Consumer Spending Rose in October While Incomes Declined," 25 Nov. 2020 The long, winding, uncharted and unprecedented road that has been the offseason for University of Cincinnati women's basketball coach Michelle Clark-Heard will finally come to an end Wednesday night. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "'Without Laurie Pirtle, I'm not here': UC's Michelle Clark-Heard salutes ex-Bearcats coach," 24 Nov. 2020 The interior features an entry anchored by a winding staircase and a kitchen with soapstone countertops, an island and Sub-Zero appliances. Dallas News, "Firm: Fall is an ideal time to buy a home," 25 Oct. 2020 There’s also the winding down of Project Roomkey, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s aspirational program to get thousands of the most vulnerable homeless people off the streets and into hotel rooms. Erika D. Smith Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Think things are bad now? For California’s have-nots, it’s about to get worse," 6 Dec. 2020 The funicular railway and the winding staircase that led up to the medieval hilltop town were both deserted. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Bergamo’s Pandemic Survivors Carry Scars Unseen and Incalculable," 6 Dec. 2020 Back in 1996, Reader’s Digest and the BBC damningly proclaimed the winding, narrow U.S. 6 in central Utah as one of America’s deadliest highways. Lee Davidson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s U.S. 6 transformed from a deathtrap into ‘as safe of a road as we have’," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective It’s a winding, mysterious and challenging story that will bring you hours and hours of laughs and adventure. Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "21 of our favorite products under $15 on Amazon," 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,, "Calif. Family of 4 Die in Car Crash: They 'Represented Everything That Is Beautiful in This World'," 30 July 2020 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

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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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9 Jan 2021

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“Winding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 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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