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

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 The folks at ApolloHou even made a T-shirt diagramming the steps of the windup. Matt Young, Chron, 29 Oct. 2021 This windup machine was a busted relic from an earlier age. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Alas, the windup was better than the pitch because the batters had a hard time getting the donkeys to move at all. Washington Post, 14 Aug. 2021 Huntley is more gifted athletically, with a stronger arm (and, notably, a longer windup) and more open-field wiggle. Jonas Shaffer,, 13 Aug. 2021 Gregory Polanco called for time just as Miley started his windup in the fourth inning. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2021 Turns out she’s not a windup doll that can automatically flip high in the air and land on her feet on demand. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 July 2021 He was forced to leave Monday’s 3-1 win over the Braves after only three innings, but manager Luis Rojas said the issue appears to be something in Walker's windup and delivery. Paul Newberry, ajc, 19 May 2021 Alone–style security system, and when Big Man steps on a trip wire, a small windup toy rolls across the floor, posing absolutely no threat to anyone, baby or adult. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 4 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kate will wind up splitting from husband Toby (Chris Sullivan) in the coming years and marry her co-worker, as revealed in the season 5 finale flashforward. Dan Snierson,, 18 Nov. 2021 The signing of the 39-year-old Peters, a six-time All-Pro, may wind up being serendipitous and just what Nagy needs to solidify the left tackle position. Dan Wiederer,, 17 Aug. 2021 Even though the Forest Service had a crew on-scene on the first day, the East Fork Fire would wind up burning for 3½ months and blacken about 90,000 acres of the Ashley National Forest and neighboring tribal lands. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2021 And those four days could still wind up costing him a real chance at winning. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 6 July 2021 As staying single becomes less stigmatized, even more people may wind up choosing that path in the years ahead. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 9 Nov. 2021 Because this is a comic novel, albeit more sardonic than droll, those eggs will wind up scrambled. Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2021 But the Post did wind up before the U.S. Supreme Court in a First Amendment fight that was crucial to press freedom. Bill Goodykoontz,, 8 Nov. 2021 People who earn government pensions also could wind up with significantly more money when a spouse dies. Liz Weston, oregonlive, 7 Nov. 2021

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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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12 Nov 2021

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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
: the movements that a pitcher makes before the ball is thrown
: 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

wind up

transitive verb
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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