windup

noun
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)

windup

adjective

Definition of windup (Entry 2 of 3)

: operated by a spring mechanism wound by hand

wind up

verb
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 Semien noted Greinke had switched to a full windup during the at-bat. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "A’s Marcus Semien hopes to build on walk-off hit amid a slow start," 8 Aug. 2020 When Jackie Augustine opens a chicken coop door one brisk spring morning in upstate New York, the hens bolt out like windup toys. Lynn Freehill-maye, The Christian Science Monitor, "A new vision for farming: Chickens, sheep, and ... solar panels," 23 Apr. 2020 The new windup kept the ball hidden long enough, hitters couldn’t pick up Tiant’s release point. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc: El Tiante and the dream that almost wasn't in game one of the 1975 World Series," 29 Mar. 2020 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 All right, without any more windup, here's Kieran Snyder from Textio. Wired Staff, Wired, "How Machine Learning Can Help Stamp Out Hiring Bias," 21 Feb. 2020 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 The Dodgers and Yankees split the first four games and Stengel liked the deception of Larsen's no-windup delivery. NBC News, "Don Larsen, Yankees pitcher who threw only perfect World Series game, dies at 90," 2 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nobody outside of Bloomington likely thought Indiana would wind up the feel-good story of the Big Ten, but that’s exactly what the Hoosiers have become after blanking Michigan State to improve to 4-0. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "Notre Dame avoids letdown; Wisconsin shows no rust | College football report," 16 Nov. 2020 There can be several reasons drinking glasses wind up looking cloudy after a cycle in a dishwasher. Washington Post, "The dishwasher leaves my drinking glasses cloudy. What can I do?," 16 Nov. 2020 The alternative, though, could be that precious items wind up in a yard sale or a dumpster. Liz Weston, oregonlive, "Liz Weston: Get facts on Social Security to help make good choices," 15 Nov. 2020 Republican officials estimated the party would wind up with 210 to 212 seats, tantalizingly close to a 218 majority. Fred Barnes, Washington Examiner, "Dire predictions about the Republican Party were wrong, again," 12 Nov. 2020 It is said that the botos are so seductive that women wind up pregnant with their babies. Sushma Subramanian, The Atlantic, "The Dolphin Myth That Refuses to Die," 12 Nov. 2020 Though most of Bench's memorabilia will likely wind up in private collections, Reds spokesman Rob Butcher said the club is aware of potential bidders who may be willing to loan or donate items to the club's Hall of Fame and Museum. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Reds great Johnny Bench is selling memorabilia at auction, but his memories are priceless," 12 Nov. 2020 As his Democratic rival Joe Biden appeared on the verge of securing the number of Electoral College votes needed to win the White House, Trump predicted the outcome would wind up in the Supreme Court. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Trump levels baseless claims about effort to 'steal' the election as Biden's lead grows," 6 Nov. 2020 And maybe those who feel the strongest, most zealous sense of belonging wind up being those who are motivated to go to the polls. Danielle Allen, Harper's Magazine, "What’s in a Vote?," 27 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of windup

Noun

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1784, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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“Windup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/windup. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for windup

windup

noun
How to pronounce wind up (audio)

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

windup

adjective

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

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

windup

noun
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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