Wind v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wound (rarely Winded); p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.]
1. To turn completely, or with repeated turns; especially, to turn about something fixed; to cause to form convolutions about anything; to coil; to twine; to twist; to wreathe; as, to wind thread on a spool or into a ball.
Whether to wind
The woodbine round this arbor. --Milton.
2. To entwist; to infold; to encircle.
Sleep, and I will wind thee in arms. --Shak.
3. To have complete control over; to turn and bend at one's pleasure; to vary or alter or will; to regulate; to govern. “To turn and wind a fiery Pegasus.”
In his terms so he would him wind. --Chaucer.
Gifts blind the wise, and bribes do please
And wind all other witnesses. --Herrick.
Were our legislature vested in the prince, he might wind and turn our constitution at his pleasure. --Addison.
4. To introduce by insinuation; to insinuate.
You have contrived . . . to wind
Yourself into a power tyrannical. --Shak.
Little arts and dexterities they have to wind in such things into discourse. --Gov. of Tongue.
5. To cover or surround with something coiled about; as, to wind a rope with twine.
To wind off, to unwind; to uncoil.
To wind out, to extricate. [Obs.] --Clarendon.
To wind up. (a) To coil into a ball or small compass, as a skein of thread; to coil completely. (b) To bring to a conclusion or settlement; as, to wind up one's affairs; to wind up an argument. (c) To put in a state of renewed or continued motion, as a clock, a watch, etc., by winding the spring, or that which carries the weight; hence, to prepare for continued movement or action; to put in order anew. “Fate seemed to wind him up for fourscore years.” --Dryden. “Thus they wound up his temper to a pitch.” --Atterbury. (d) To tighten (the strings) of a musical instrument, so as to tune it. “Wind up the slackened strings of thy lute.” --Waller.
Wind v. t. [imp. & p. p. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.]
1. To expose to the wind; to winnow; to ventilate.
2. To perceive or follow by the scent; to scent; to nose; as, the hounds winded the game.
3. (a) To drive hard, or force to violent exertion, as a horse, so as to render scant of wind; to put out of breath. (b) To rest, as a horse, in order to allow the breath to be recovered; to breathe.
To wind a ship Naut., to turn it end for end, so that the wind strikes it on the opposite side.
Wind v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wound R. Winded; p. pr. & vb. n. Winding.] To blow; to sound by blowing; esp., to sound with prolonged and mutually involved notes. “Hunters who wound their horns.”
Ye vigorous swains, while youth ferments your blood, . . .
Wind the shrill horn. --Pope.
That blast was winded by the king. --Sir W. Scott.
Wind·ing n. Naut. A call by the boatswain's whistle.
Wind·ing, a. Twisting from a direct line or an even surface; circuitous.
1. A turn or turning; a bend; a curve; flexure; meander; as, the windings of a road or stream.
To nurse the saplings tall, and curl the grove
With ringlets quaint, and wanton windings wove. --Milton.
2. The material, as wire or rope, wound or coiled about anything, or a single round or turn of the material; as Elec., a series winding, or one in which the armature coil, the field-magnet coil, and the external circuit form a continuous conductor; a shunt winding, or one of such a character that the armature current is divided, a portion of the current being led around the field-magnet coils.
Winding engine, an engine employed in mining to draw up buckets from a deep pit; a hoisting engine.
Winding sheet, a sheet in which a corpse is wound or wrapped.
Winding tackle Naut., a tackle consisting of a fixed triple block, and a double or triple movable block, used for hoisting heavy articles in or out of a vessel. --Totten.
adj 1: marked by repeated turns and bends; "a tortuous road up the
mountain"; "winding roads are full of surprises"; "had
to steer the car down a twisty track" [syn: tortuous,
2: of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest
paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a
winding country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a)]
n : the act of winding or twisting; "he put the key in the old
clock and gave it a good wind" [syn: wind, twist]