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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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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And some has come from the big-name showrunners, directors and actors who have wound up with smaller shares of the back-end profits. Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post, "Big agencies and studios have a lock on Hollywood. It’s high time to apply antitrust law.," 9 Sep. 2019 Hard to fault Mayock, though, for the Antonio Brown debacle, which may actually wind up galvanizing this young roster. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "2019 NFL season: 100 names to know as Week 1 kicks off," 8 Sep. 2019 With Brooks, Sestina, Montgomery, Richards and Allen all also competing for time up front, Hall of Fame coach John Calipari has a host of options for his frontcourt rotation even after missing out on N’Faly Dante, who wound up at Oregon instead. Emily Caron,, "Kentucky Counting on Kahlil Whitney to Make His Mark on Both Ends," 3 Sep. 2019 Here’s a quick recap of where everyone wound up: • Offensive tackle Ryan Alexander, who started 12 games for the Jaguars last season, left as a graduate transfer prior to spring practice. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Where did South Alabama’s football transfers wind up?," 30 Aug. 2019 Proportion of these that wind up in the sea: 80 percent. Steve King, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why I'm Obsessed With This Hotel Toothbrush," 26 Aug. 2019 The names of players who wound up at Ohio State are redacted, while the names of recruits who went elsewhere can be seen. Doug Lesmerises,, "Ohio State releases Urban Meyer-Zach Smith investigation records: Everything you need to know," 2 Aug. 2019 The result is a lot of bad design that will probably wind up in a landfill or being destroyed. Marc Bain, Quartzy, "4 things brands should do for the environment instead of launching a new sustainable line," 1 Aug. 2019 At the same time, if markets continue to react badly, the Fed’s move could wind up destabilizing things even more. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "With today’s rate cut, the Fed is jeopardizing its credibility," 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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