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

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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

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

The Sonora Pass is the second-tallest highway pass in the Sierra Nevada, known for its winding, steep and sometimes icy roads, even in June. CBS News, "Massive search underway for automotive writer who disappeared during test drive," 10 June 2019 In camp, these fragments, the lost cultural matter, become a private code, like windings, filled with an esoteric significance that, once recognized, becomes so enthralling it must then be shared so as to be understood by the like-minded. Teen Vogue, "What Is Butchcamp? An Explainer by Way of 10 Past Met Gala Looks," 2 May 2019 The neighborhood is Time Squarian in its constant illumination, but the streets are smaller, more winding, and, in very large part, lined with stores carrying every beauty product imaginable. Jenny Bailly, Allure, "What I Learned About the State of K-Beauty in 2019 by Going Straight to the Source," 21 Mar. 2019 Booths line the winding paths in the forest along the Alyeska Highway in the community park area. Bob Hallinen, Anchorage Daily News, "Photos: Music, food and art at the Girdwood Forest Fair," 7 July 2018 Osweiler's career has taken a winding path since signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans prior to the 2016 season. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Quarterback Brock Osweiler signs with Dolphins," 23 Mar. 2018 Up a winding staircase, the master suite opens to a covered balcony. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Los Feliz estate owned by former Oprah Winfrey Network head lists with a new look," 26 June 2018 Whatever the mechanism, all electric motors, whether their input current is AC or DC, require an alternating current in their stator windings to make their rotors spin. The Economist, "Do electric cars dream of software fixes?," 22 Apr. 2018 Where will the winding road (railroad track) take them? Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Jughead's Dad Is Up to Something on Riverdale and It's Probably Totally Bad," 29 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, refinery29.com, "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 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, cleveland.com, "'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. baltimoresun.com, "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

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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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The first known use of winding was before the 12th century

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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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