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

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 As Alcantara began his slow windup with his head down, Martin broke for the plate. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers strike out 15 times in 4-2 loss to Indians," 15 June 2019 With that in mind, Huntley pitcher Briana Bower finished her windup and unleashed a riseball. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Tower of Bower: Sophomore pitcher Briana Bower strikes out 15 as Huntley reaches state for first time," 4 June 2019 Using a side windup, Army veteran Frank Anderson threw a strike to Redbirds manager Stubby Clapp. Charlotte Carroll,, "WATCH: 104-year-old World War II Veteran Throws Out First Pitch at Memphis Redbirds Game," 5 July 2018 Vail threw every pitch of the final four innings out of the windup Sunday in leading Gloucester Catholic to a 5-2 victory over St. Augustine in the Coaches vs. Cancer showcase. Phil Anastasia,, "Pitcher Andrew Vail powers Gloucester Catholic past St. Augustine," 29 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With the change, the show wound up moving to the streamer with a straight-to-series order. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "NBC's Ted Danson-Tina Fey Comedy Was Originally a '30 Rock' Spinoff," 8 Aug. 2019 Some wound up in Alexandria to be disassembled, their metal fittings removed and sold for scrap. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Jagged remains of more than 100 ghostly ships rest forever in Mallows Bay," 7 Aug. 2019 Another former 1090 show, hosted by Ben Higgins and Steven Woods, wound up on the city’s other sports-talk station, 97.3-FM, starting in late May. Jay Posner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Darren Smith, Marty Caswell hired by XTRA 1360 sports radio," 5 Aug. 2019 Fact and fiction are interminably wound up in Natalia Ginzburg’s novels. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity," 5 Aug. 2019 In his remarks on Tuesday night, Buttigieg argued that a robust public option could grow in popularity over time, to the point that most Americans might wind up with a government plan. Osita Nwanevu, The New Yorker, "How Bernie Sanders Changed the Health-Care Debate," 3 Aug. 2019 At the time, Henceroth said Arapahoe would be open to considering a new partnership, which led to immediate speculation that Arapahoe would wind up with Ikon. John Meyer, The Know, "Arapahoe Basin is joining the Ikon Pass after leaving Epic Pass this year," 2 Aug. 2019 Because of the age of the shooter, the case most likely wound up in Family Court, where youthful offender files were routinely sealed and later destroyed. Neal Hirschfeld, New York Times, "He Was Shot and Paralyzed 37 Years Ago. That’s Not How the Story Ends.," 2 Aug. 2019 The petition to wind up was submitted in June by PledgeMusic vice chairman Russell Rieger. Marc Schneider, Billboard, "PledgeMusic Served Winding Up Notice as UK Industry Calls for Investigations," 31 July 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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