wind·​up | \ ˈwīnd-ˌəp How to pronounce windup (audio) \

Definition of windup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : the act of bringing to an end
b : a concluding act or part : finish
2a : a series of regular and distinctive motions (such as swinging the arms) made by a pitcher preparatory to releasing a pitch
b : an exaggerated backswing (as in tennis)



Definition of windup (Entry 2 of 3)

: operated by a spring mechanism wound by hand

wind up

wound up also winded up; winding up; winds up

Definition of wind up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a conclusion : end
2a : to put in order for the purpose of bringing to an end winds up the meeting
b British : to effectuate the winding up of

intransitive verb

1a : to come to a conclusion
b : to arrive in a place, situation, or condition at the end or as a result of a course of action wound up as millionaires
2 : to make a pitching windup

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Examples of windup in a Sentence

Noun the windup of the negotiations He went into the windup, then threw the pitch. a pitcher with an unusual windup Her brother's act was just a wind-up to get her angry. Adjective She has an old windup record player in her attic. Verb try to wind up the performance, as we're almost out of time her speeches usually wind up with one last joke
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s a key stat against Greinke who is a better pitcher from the windup, with no runners on. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Houston Astros at Washington Nationals World Series Game 3 odds, picks and best bets," 25 Oct. 2019 The play took a while to develop, and in that time, Miami linebacker Myles Reid beat J.K. Dobbins and swatted the ball out Fields’ hand at the back of his windup. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Justin Fields got the ‘punch in the face’ he wanted against Miami of Ohio," 22 Sep. 2019 The Giants have a long and distinguished history with the deceptive windup. Bruce Jenkins,, "Cueto returns, and it’s as if he never left," 10 Sep. 2019 The Cuban pitcher, known as much for his moustache, cigar-chomping habit and twirling windup as his success on the mound, retired from MLB in 1982. Ben Pickman,, "Remembering the Time Luis Tiant Was Traded for 500 Teddy Bears," 29 July 2019 Tinplate windups did not require a track, so they could be used anywhere. Brenda Yenke,, "Planes, trains capture our enthusiasm: Yenke Peddler antiques," 29 Aug. 2019 From the windup, long skinny limbs twist toward the plate like a tornado. Jack Harriswriter, Los Angeles Times, "Red alert: Dodgers rookie starter Dustin May turns fiery on days he pitches," 12 Aug. 2019 If anything, Cone says, his pitching motion, dropping his body down during the windup and nearly scraping his back knee on the dirt, helped take the pressure off his right arm. Matt Martell,, "As MLB Continues to Evolve, So Does David Cone," 18 July 2019 The Reds weren’t holding Harper close to third base, positioning third baseman Eugenio Suárez toward the back of the infield with two outs, and Gray was pitching out of the windup with a focus on his pitches to Hoskins. Bobby Nightengale,, "How the Cincinnati Reds caught Bryce Harper trying to steal home," 8 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not least, say European leaders, their union has made its members wealthier and less likely to wind up in a war. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Europe, the Threat of a No-Deal Brexit Comes at a Bad Time," 2 Sep. 2019 The story centers on five students who walk into detention, only for one of them to wind up dead. Isaac Feldberg,, "Cambridge author talks ‘One of Us Is Lying’ after NBCUniversal orders murder mystery to pilot," 16 Aug. 2019 Kigali, 5, gave birth to the nameless cubs at the Leipzig Zoo on Friday, only to wind up eating them whole. Fox News, "Lioness devours pair of cubs days after giving birth in German zoo," 8 Aug. 2019 The only downside is that there are so many items on sale, narrowing it down to what's actually going to wind up in your cart can be close to a full-time job. Glamour, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: The 11 Best Luxury Beauty Deals and Products to Shop," 15 July 2019 Okpala wound up missing all of summer league after being unable to join the team until the July 6 completion of his draft-day trade. Ira Winderman,, "Heat fall in summer finale in OT despite 26 from Robinson, as draft picks sit," 14 July 2019 The Milwaukee Brewers failed to catch Manny Machado’s routine popup on the infield to start the seventh inning on Wednesday afternoon, and the gaffe wound up costing them big time. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Padres 8, Brewers 7: Falling flat on their faces at end of harsh trip," 19 June 2019 Mills wound up having a child with Artressia’s brother, making the two women family. USA Today, "Trapped and trafficked: Officials in small Ohio town accused of sex trafficking underage girls," 5 Sep. 2019 It was supposed to launch alongside Minecraft on Microsoft’s powerful Xbox One X console but wound up being pushed back. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Minecraft's long-promised Super Duper Graphics Pack overhaul is dead," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of windup


1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1784, in the meaning defined above


1583, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of windup was in 1583

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English Language Learners Definition of windup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the things that are done at the end of something (such as an event or process) : the final part of something
baseball : the movements that a pitcher makes before the ball is thrown
British, informal : something done or said in usually a joking way to make someone annoyed or upset



English Language Learners Definition of windup (Entry 2 of 2)

: having a motor that is given power when someone turns a handle


wind·​up | \ ˈwīnd-ˌəp How to pronounce windup (audio) \

Kids Definition of windup

1 : the last part of something : finish
2 : a swing of a baseball pitcher's arm before the pitch is thrown
wound up; winding up

Legal Definition of wind up

: to bring to an end by taking care of unfinished business ordered to wind up his practice specifically : to conclude by removing liabilities and distributing any remaining assets to partners or shareholders wind up the business and affairs of a corporation in dissolution wind up a receivership

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