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


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.


She has an old windup record player in her attic.


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 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 Perdomo tip-toed through his windup, lobbed a ball to the plate and watched as his pitch clanked off the top of Pillar’s left cleat. Kerry Crowley, The Mercury News, "Pillar’s bizarre hit by pitch fuels four-run rally, Giants break out the brooms in San Diego," 3 July 2019 In the windup to Slack’s listing, Accel converted about a quarter of its Slack holdings to common stock, allowing it to sell that portion of its shares. Lizette Chapman, Fortune, "This VC Firm Invested $200 Million in Slack. Now Its Stake Is Worth $4.6 Billion," 21 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Some of the wreckage wound up in an empty swimming pool after the 10:30 a.m. crash at Nottingham Community Center in Katy, officials said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Pilot killed as single-engine Cessna crashes into community center west of Houston," 13 July 2019 The filtered solution winds up containing about 95% ethanol. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "This former playwright aims to turn solar and wind power into gasoline," 3 July 2019 Edwards brings a level of talent to the team that’s been lacking for a longtime in Athens, and the Bulldogs ceiling could easily wind up mirroring his own. Emily Caron,, "Can Anthony Edwards Spearhead a Georgia Basketball Turnaround?," 16 Sep. 2019 Maybe that's what Ellen MacArthur will wind up becoming with her foundation in the Isle of Wight, which is independent with great integrity. Kate Dwyer, Fortune, "An Argument for Sustainable Style: Fashionopolis," 10 Sep. 2019 Given that somatic tissue mutations should accumulate in a plant's germ cells over successive generations, Schwoch wondered why plants don't wind up with many more such mutations than animals—and a greater burden of harmful ones. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 The lottery was held in May and the Warriors wound up with the seventh pick. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Drafting Stephen Curry," 25 June 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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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

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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to fake an opponent out of position

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